- by Barney Davey
Alan Bamberger is a gem of a resource to art professionals, artists and collectors. He is proof positive of Stephen Covey’s maxim, “There is no limit to the amount of good one turned on person can do.” The art business is far better off from his efforts.
Alan Bamberger has been editing his seminal ArtBusiness.com Website for what seems like forever …at least in Internet years. He was prescient enough to purchase the domain name ArtBusiness.com in 1997, long before most had any idea how important a medium the World Wide Web would become.
Bamberger is the author of The Art of Buying Art, and innumerable magazine articles and posts on his Website. He writes for both artists and collectors, and each constituency should be grateful for his wisdom.
Here is some information about him from the About page on his ArtBusiness.com site:
Site principal, Alan Bamberger, is an art consultant, advisor, author, and independent appraiser specializing in research, appraisal, and all business and market aspects of original works of art, artist manuscript materials, art-related documents, and art reference books. He has been selling art since 1979 and rare and scholarly art reference books since 1982, and has been consulting and appraising for artists, galleries, businesses, organizations and collectors since 1985.
If you read the entire biography on his site, you will see his is one prolific author when it comes to writing about the business of art. He has a link to a page on his site just for the articles he has written for artists. If you have somehow missed knowing about this rich growing treasure trove of information, you are in for a treat. Should you have already visited his site, it is still a good thing to check in and see what is new there.
I chose the following as some of my favorites from among the dozens of art business articles edited for artists on his site:
- Common Artist Questions Answered
- Common Artist Questions Answered: Episode II
- Common Artist Questions Answered, Episode III
- Wanna Start an Art Gallery? Read This
- Hopeless Artist Emails and How to Make
- Selling Your Artwork in a Weak Economy
- Art Dealer and Gallery Tips for Aspiring Art Stars
- Digital Art Giclee Print Options for Artists
- Marketing Giclees & Limited Editions – Setting Edition Sizes
- Strategies to Advance Your Art Career… Maybe
- Why Artists Should Watch Antiques Roadshow
Whether you read through the posts from the above links, or go to his site to choose your own, you are guaranteed to come away a smarter, more well-informed artist than you were beforehand. There was a time not so long ago when the only way you could have received such sage advice was to pay dearly for it. Now, you can enjoy and be enriched by it freely. If you like what you find, do as I have done and make a small contribution to support the site.
Alan Bamberger is a gem of a resource to art professionals, artists and collectors. He is proof positive of Stephen Covey's maxim, "There is no limit to the amount of good one turned on person can do." The art business is far better off from his efforts.