Rant 78: Sharpen up!
We all hate it when the press make glib statements about contemporary art. Our Content Curator Lesley Guy suggests we all need to be more rigorous when judging 'what's hot and what's not'!
Rant 77: All for a good cause?
Are some charities being cynical in the way they choose artists to donate artworks for auctions and publications? Robin Cracknell laments the lack of care involved and offers a word of warning.
Rant 76: Why are Openings still called Private Views?
Dany Louise asks why artists and curators continue to use the old-fashioned term Private View. Suggesting they should start to consider what it stands for, she proposes it's time the contemporary art world comes up with an alternative.
Rant 75: Virtual collecting
How much would you spend on a limited edition screensaver? That's what s[edition] - the website which sells affordable digital work by big name artists - offers. David Trigg takes a look and wonders if it is all a little too limiting.
Rant 74: Blockbuster blues
The sight of long winding ‘blockbuster’ exhibition queues has become commonplace in our major cities, but what effect does the sheer mass of visitors to an exhibition have on the experience of art? Cara Sutherland looks back on being too small to see and how growing hasn’t helped.
Rant 73: The function of art criticism
After the press and journalism in general have had a grilling via the News of the World scandal this year, it seems pertinent to consider the role of the art press in creating value. Do art critics validate artists or is it the other way round, asks Helen Kaplinsky?
Rant 72: Pricing and selling work independently
Pricing your work is one thing, but being your own dealer is another says photographer Robin Cracknell. He gets to grips with how to sell work on and off-line, without the support of a gallery.
Rant 71: Is part-time lecturing still a viable employment for practising artists?
Do you financially supplement your artistic practice with part-time lecturing? Artist Jennifer Steele does and has started to question the viability of this career path, and the future of art education, as visiting lecturers' pay and hours are reduced.
Rant 70: Somebody always pays for ‘free’ (and usually that somebody is you)
If artists work for nothing, as well as working for free, are they subsidising their employers or galleries who in many cases can well afford to pay, or pay better? Artist and writer Alistair Gentry calls for artists to get real and to respect themselves a bit more.
Rant 69: Copies & Fakes - where do artists stand?
Successful artists have always been victims of forgery and those that earn big money can afford to pursue legal action. But what can an artist on more modest earnings do to protect their work? Becky Hunter thinks all artists should understand their rights.