HARD TRUTHS: WHY AM I ADDICTED TO BUYING FIGURATIVE PAINTING?

ILLUSTRATION LOU BEACH

I have an MFA, I’ve worked as an assistant to many successful artists, and my friends have modest careers. But after thirteen years of trying, I still can’t get a show. Admittedly, I wasn’t always happy with my work, but I’ve reached a point where I feel more than ready to exhibit it. I invite people over, visit other studios, apply to every relevant grant, go to openings, etc. But no one can be bothered. Maybe once or twice a year someone with influence asks me if I make art, but they never follow up. I don’t expect to be handed anything, but I am still shocked at how closed off the art world is. Once a very kind artist I worked for told her gallerist to check out my work and he laughed at us. Why isn’t nepotism working for me? Isn’t this how the art world works?

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