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Art: A Perfect Corporate Gift

It's tricky expressing your appreciation and staying professional. That's probably why 54% of businesses give food and beverages for corporate gifts. Don't get me wrong, I love a bottle of Scotch as much as the next guy (probably more), but alcohol and food are anticipated now and impersonal. You might as well gift a mug with your logo on it, at least then the recipient will remember who gave it to them. If you want to show your appreciation and give something that isn't forgotten the next day, make the gift relevant to your customer or colleague. Art is a perfect corporate gift because you can personalize it and find something at the right price. Subject matter is a great...

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing Art for Your Interior Design Clients

Interior designers regularly make decisions about wall decor in their designs. Sometimes the solution is a mirror or clock. Other times it’s the client’s photos or art collection. One of the most challenging situations comes when the client looks to their designer for guidance on purchasing and placing artwork for the room. Original artwork comes with its own problems and most designers are not art consultants! Luckily, there are four things every designer should consider that will drastically decrease the time they spend running from gallery to gallery and increase the likelihood they end up with a happy client. Two of these rely on you talking with your client and two rely on your expertise. 1. Your Client’s Art Preference...

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Missing the Point of Art

I met with a friend yesterday to talk about a new project involving art. In our conversation we discussed what artists, collectors and other stake holders would want in an effort to make something everyone could get behind the idea. Understanding incentives is key to a project’s success. The whole time I was fixated on the business case (e.g what monetary benefit there might be for placing art) and I missed the most important part. My friend paused and said, “…and they get see great art!” I missed the whole point and the most compelling benefit. People engage with art because they want to, because there’s a huge benefit to the experience. Art in its nature is not practical outside...

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Why Artists Should Read Writers on Writing

Artists should read books on the craft of writing, because all creative pursuits share the same internal struggle and writers are better at writing about it. Creative work is challenging when it’s good. It’s not the technical aspects of painting or writing or building a business that’s the biggest hurdle. It’s the internal struggle. The fight against the resistance. And, that exists regardless of the medium. Writers know this just as well as visual artists or entrepreneurs, and you can benefit by learning from their experience. Writers are great to look to for this kind of education for more than just their skill with words. Not only will you be more entertained reading them instead of painter’s ramblings or an entrepreneurs...

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Art is like wine.

Art is like wine. What matters is if you like it. The history and context and story can increase the enjoyment of the artwork or the bottle, but are not a prerequisites to enjoying it. The problem arises when people think that education is necessary to know whether something is good or not. That’s why people stop trusting themselves. They look to Wine Spectator or Art Forum to tell them what they should like. This is a shame. I am not saying you shouldn’t learn about the wine making process or the artist’s inspiration. You should. Just don’t sacrifice your taste in the process. Educate your taste. Drink what you want.  Then, learn how it’s made, the history behind the region, or even the personality of the maker to make...

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