I am one of 499,760 artists
Selfie at Art Miami, 2018
...After having observed the space for many years—as academic, gallerist, and internet entrepreneur—I realized: There are two art worlds. There is the tiny fraction of galleries and artists at the top that make all the money. And there is the other world, much larger in size but with artists and gallerists who can barely afford rent.
It was devastating to unfold this map. Ninety-nine percent of all institutions scored low and there was only one route to success. If an artist was not part of the central hub, he or she was stuck in an island network....No more than 240 artists who began exhibiting in an island were able to enter the central hub. That’s 240 of 500,000.
...Chances to make it as a gallery are equally low...
There is no better place to see this network in action than the floor plan of Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. ...The booths for young and emerging galleries are squeezed into corners on the second floor, out of sight..., with no chance to ever make it to the main act. In Art Basel’s Miami edition it’s no different....
...The common belief that the community will sooner or later “discover” an artist is simply wrong. Moneyball for the art world has arrived....
by Magnus Resch
I enjoyed Art Miami 2018 during what is always called "Art Basel Miami Week." I will be attending either Art Miami, Art Basel, or both this year, too. 2019 dates are December 1 - December 8th.
As an art painter, I enjoy seeing other people's artwork. I love seeing what I like, what I don't like, and how other people make things. Art Basel aka Art Miami Week is an opportunity to see work at galleries located all over the globe that set up in Miami, Florida for a single week. This is the best way to see this level of art collection, all in one place!
Art Basel and that level isn't for local artists. It's for the 240 of 500,000 that are in the "central hub." I'm one of the 499,760 artists outside that central hub. There are thousands of exhibits spinning around Art Basel that get lost because Art Basel and Art Miami are the only ones that "truly matter."
How do I feel about being one of 499,760? I'm alright. Maybe I'll get there, maybe I won't. As long as YOU love what I paint, it's all good. YOUR central hub is where I'd like to be! Let me be one of your less than 240 artists, lol!
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BY Magnus Resch POSTED 12/03/18 10:58 AM
A data-generated map of art institutions, ranked by “centrality,” showing how their relative influence shapes artists’ careers. Click to enlarge.
COURTESY MAGNUS RESCH
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