Artist Conversations on Abstraction

Andy Parkinson posts a lot of interesting content on his blog patternsthatconnect. Recently he included links to articles on the art site Abstract Critical a wonderful resource site for artists who paint. On the Tate site you can read the article Mary Heilmann: Conversations with Paintings.

 Here is a video  of painter Alan Gouk talking about his work.

no fee experimental arts festival call for artist proposals

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If you are a UK artist, or plan to travel to the UK soon, the SUPERNORMAL Festival 2012 has an open call for artist proposals. In its 3rd year, the SUPERNORMAL festival charges no fee for submissions or artist participation. If this is right for you get into this growing art event now.

Do You Agree That the Whitney Biennial Should Come to an End?

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The 2012 Whitney Biennial opens on Thursday. The Arts and Labor group of the Occupy Wall Street movement has published a letter demanding an end to the biannual survey show in 2014. The group objects to the revered exhibition because “it upholds a system that benefits collectors, trustees, and corporations at the expense of art workers.”

Dear Whitney Museum of American Art,

We are Arts & Labor, a working group founded in conjunction with the New York General Assembly for #occupywallstreet. We are artists and interns, writers and educators, art handlers and designers, administrators, curators, assistants, and students dedicated to exposing and rectifying economic inequalities and exploitative working conditions in our fields through direct action and educational initiatives. We are writing to call for an end to the Whitney Biennial in 2014.

Read the letter in full here

What is behind the protest? One of the Whitney Biennial sponsors, a major auction house, has locked out art handlers who also lost their health care benefits while raking in hundreds of millions! The Whitney wrote and published an apology–read it here.

Whether you are concerned  or consider yourself *political* or not, the art world is changing and  it could be a good idea to keep abreast of changes.

SOLD! Limited Edition Print in Amazon dot com Art-Only Store

Today we sold one print from the print edition on paper by artist Terry Luc. The print is titled America 1, and you can view and purchase this print on Amazon via this link:

America 1, limited edition print on paper by Terry Luc

In addition to America 1, the Transmedia Artist AMAZON Pro store  offers other limited edition prints by Terry Luc.

Natalie Woodpecker, limited edition print by Terry Luc

Fire Eater, limited edition print on paper by Terry Luc

Natalie Woodpecker by Terry Luc–you can view and buy this print on Amazon dot com via this link:

Fire Eater by Terry Luc

Lemma Peel, limited edition print on paper by Terry Luc

Print on Paper: Lemma Peel by Terry Luc

Temptation by Terry Luc

Temptation, by Terry Luc, limited edition prints available on Amazon

Golden Arrow by Terry Luc

Golden Arrow, Terry Luc

Silent Sphinx by Terry Luc

Silent Sphinx, limited edition print on paper by Terry Luc

Not pictured: Rumsfeld (aka Redrum) print by Terry Luc–view it on Amazon via this link:

SOLD! Art in Our Amazon Artists Only Store

Our Transmedia Artist AMAZON Pro store best-selling item has sold and shipped to buyers throughout the US, and Europe. This morning an order came in to ship one expedited to Canada. That means the buyer paid a lot more for next day delivery.

Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray, a limited edition poster from an original painting by Chris Osborne–find it on Amazon here:

Also, available in our Amazon store as Giclee prints on canvas in two sizes–20 x 13  and 23 x 35 inches.

Jimi Hendrix & his 1969 Corvette Stingray, by Chris Osborne, Giclee on canvas prints and limited edition poster

How This Scam Targeting Artists Works

There are many variations on similar scams targeting artists. Many artists wonder how these sorts of scam works. Even owners of large artist sites have been asking how the scam works. Well, an artist named Judy played the scam out far enough to get a check and explains the scam below:

“There is an Art Scam that is going around that you need to be aware of. I know because I’m currently in correspondence with the scammer who calls herself/himself “Gretta White”.
I received an email from “Gretta” saying, “Hope this message finds you well. I saw these creative works on your website and I will like you to get back with more details if they are still available for purchase.” She then proceeds to give me the titles of 2 of my art pieces. I wrote back with details of the pieces. She then writes back and asks what inspired me to make the pieces.
In following emails, she tells me that she is expecting her first child and that she and her husband are currently moving from New Jersey to London. Then she says she’s in Cancun for her sister’s wedding. Then she was in the hospital in Cancun because she almost had a miscarriage. Of course I wrote back to say how sorry I was that she was ill and I’m glad she’s feeling better.
Then she wants my address so her husband can send me a check and she can notify her “cartage company” so they could arrange the pick up of my work.
I suddenly had a feeling that I needed to learn more about Gretta White so I googled her name. There she was under “Gretta White Art Scam”. The person calling herself/himself “Gretta White” supposedly has her husband send the artist a check with an over-payment of thousands of dollars. She then says her husband made a mistake and included the shipping charge so would the artist please go ahead and deposit the check in their own bank and Western Union the over-payment back to her husband. Of course the check is fake but it takes the bank a while to find out. In the meantime the artist has just sent real money to Gretta’s husband.
I now have the check that Gretta’s husband sent me. The check is $2,000.00 more than the price of my art. I received an email from Gretta today asking me to go ahead and deposit the check and she’ll tell me where to send the Western Union.
The check was sent by a Fred Stellato in Bethlehem, PA. (Gretta told me they lived in New Jersey.) The check is from OMICS Publishing Group in Westlake, Los Angeles, CA.  I plan to keep it as a souvenir.

Amazon Store: New Oil Painting on Canvas From Spain

Marta Fuster Barutell lives and paints in Spain.  She recently varnished several of her oil paintings on canvas, which she described as arduous task–keeping out dust etc.

Her varnishing session was a success and we are pleased to offer the artist’s oil paintings in our Amazon store.  Today, newly listed in the store is her oil painting titled El Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study #3). View it on Amazon here:

El Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3),oil painting on canvas by Marta Fuster Barutell

El installation view Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3) by Marta Fuster Barutell

Detail view 1 of oil painting titled El Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3) by Marta Fuster Barutell

El Detail view 2 of oil painting titled Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3) by Marta Fuster Barutell

Virtual Tours Inside Corporate Art Collections

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In Germany, The UniCredit collection is probably the largest corporate collection in the world with about 60,000 artworks.

Enter the collection, then click on *advanced search* for a list of artists in UniCredit Collection here:

The Banca d’Italia began collecting art in 1930, methodically enlarging their collection over the past 80+ years.

With the goal of making it easier to view the highlights of their collection the Banca d’Italia decided to create a digital online archive rather than present its art collection in a traditional print book format that would have needed many volumes.

The online archive is an accessible website that has 20 virtual tours that viewer can take to view specific groupings in the collection, such as “Futurism.”

All text on the site are in Italian and English, and  also available in audio versions in English.

The site can be viewed at:

The actual works in this art collection hang in the reception areas and directors’ offices, and throughout the many buildings that house the Bank’s offices, both in Rome and in other towns throughout Italy.

Man Up! Women’s Caucus for Art: Call for Women Artists

Affecting change in a community or in the world takes a great deal of strength and power.  What does that look like to you as an artist?  A very common catch phrase of late, heard online and on the radio, “Man Up!” is even a title of a TV show.  Is doing one’s best gender specific?  As women and artists do we have to “paint like a man” in order to make truly great art as was deemed by our fore-bearers?
“Man Up!”will be part of the national WCA Summer Board meeting to be held in Southeast Michigan this July. In our strolling convergence through Ann Arbor, we will see that much has been accomplished in the field of the arts by women.  From a collector’s passion at the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan, to the formation of the Percent for Art Program by the City of Ann Arbor’s Public Art Commission, the arts are often driven by the dedication and encouragement of this most dynamic and inspiring arts community. “Man Up!”will be the finale of this impressive tour.
In this call for art, we are asking artists to create work that visualizes the essence of power and the notion of “besting” oneself, other artists or men as a whole.  Is power gender specific?  We hope that you will interpret this call widely.  The ability to elicit change does not need to come from the front end of a bulldozer; it can also be found in the quietest voice in a board meeting, forcing all in attendance to strain their ears to hear some pearls of wisdom.  What is your strength?  Where does it come from?  What does it look like?  What does it mean to you to “MAN UP!”

  • Open to all self identified women artists nationwide.
  • All media including works of video and performance
  • Submit up to three works

Apply online at

  • Artist blind statement 530 characters maximum.  This statement will be used by the Juror to help in the selection process.
  • Provide dimensions of each piece as follows:  H x W x D.  If your work is framed, include the frame in the size.
  • Submit images in JPG files, high resolution approximately 4” W x 6” H” at 300 dpi.  In order for images to upload successfully they must be at lease 900 pixels wide.
  • Color profile for JPG files should be RGB color mode.  CMYK will not upload in this program.


WCA Members in good standing $35.00

Non-Members $45

The WCA Michigan will notify you by email upon acceptance of your artwork.  In person deliveries will only be accepted July 9 & 10.  Artwork delivered by UPS or FedEx must arrive between June 29 & July 3.
Please note:  All artwork shipped by UPS, FedEx or any other mail carrier must be accompanied by proper paperwork with pre-paid return shipping label from the original carrier otherwise artwork cannot be accepted.  No checks or cash accepted for return mailing.
Upon acceptance, all visual art must arrive ready for display.  Pictures and fiber art must be wired and ready for hanging.  Sculpture must be stand-alone and secure.  Hardware must be supplied for hung sculptures.  Artist is responsible for stability of artwork.  Final acceptance of large-scale work is contingent upon gallery space.  WCA Michigan reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work that does not meet criteria or match the quality portrayed in the application.
Entry Deadline:  11:59 PM, May 15, 2012
Notification Date:  June 1, 2012
Arrival of Shipped Work:  June 29 through July 3, 2012
Hand Delivery of Work:  July 9-10, 2012
Opening:  July 12, 2012
Artist’s Reception:  Friday July 20, 2012, 2-9 pm
Closing:  Aug 9, 2012
Pick Up Artwork: Aug 10-11, 2012
Return Shipping: Aug 10, 2012

The Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art was founded in 2007 and became a non-profit organization in 2010.  Like the national organization our mission is to create community through art, education and social activism.  WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts, providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development, expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women. WCA supports local, national and global art activism that advocates for equity in the arts for all.  As an NGO (non-governing organization) of the United Nations, the Women’s Caucus for Art supports the UN Millennium Goals to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases and ensure environmental sustainability.  As a founding member of the Feminist Art Project, WCA is part of a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history and art practices, past and present.
To join the WCA, go to and for more information about “MAN UP!” contact Margaret Parker or Gabrielle Pescador at

Born in Detroit, Suzy Lake now lives and works in Toronto Canada.  She was among the first female artists to adopt performance, video and photographic work to explore the politics of gender, the body and identity in Canada.
Lake was the subject of a major mid-career retrospective organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1993.  In 2007-2008 she was one of 119 women in the historical show WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution 1965-1980.  The exhibition originated in Los Angeles at MoCA Geffen Contemporary and toured galleries and museums in three major US cities as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Suzy’s early work was also included in Jori Finkel’s Identity Theft:  Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershman and Suzy Lake 1972-1978 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2007.  More recently Lake’s work was the subject of a themed survey show entitled Political Poetics at the University of Toronto Art Centre this past May.  The show will travel to four other venues across Canada.
Suzy took early retirement from the University of Guelph in 2008 to work in her studio full time.  She is currently in production for a retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario scheduled for the spring of 2013.  Her work is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto, Galerie Donald Browne in Montreal and Michael Solway in Cincinnati.
Gallery in the Duderstadt Center
The University of Michigan
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2094

How to Add a Slide Show to Your LinkedIN Profile

Untitled #210, by William Phelps Montgomery

Artist William Phelps Montgomery created a PDF presentation of his artworks then added it to his LinkedIN profile. Anyone viewing Mr. Montgomery’s LinkedIN profile may view the slide presentation there.

If you would like to add a slide presentation to your own LinkedIN profile here are the steps:

1) in your LinkedIN account click on *More* in the very top menu bar

2) in the drop down menu click on *Slide Share Presentations*

3) in you slide space are click the *upload* button to select and upload your PowerPoint or PDF file.

4) at upper right in your slide space area you will see  *+ Link Your SlideShare Account* –click on that to link to your LinkedIN profile.

5) now click on the SlideShare presentation you just uploaded–at right you will see *share* options, including a LinkedIN icon. Click the LinkedIN icon. You will be asked if you want to add this slide presentation to your profile. Select Yes.

It’s that easy

View William Phelps Montgomery’s SlideShare presentation here

Untitled # 195, Digital Fine Art Lambda Print, by William Phelps Montgomery

Untitled #217, by William Phelps Montgomery

The Guggenheim Museum’s 2 New Lines of House Paint

For artists who think that licensing their work is somehow wrong or too low brow an activity, consider what the Guggenheim has done to earn money.

They created two lines of house paint–Guggenheim Color by Fine Paints of Europe.

That’s right, the Guggenheim museum apparently found a way to earn a living selling house paint. I don’t know how the deal was set up, but perhaps it is an art licensing deal. Colors from the paintings in their collections–paintings by Van Gogh, Cezanne, Modigliani and others–are now manufactured in a new color line of house paints called Classical Colors.

For a second new paint line called Gallery Colors which contains 50 hues available in paint cans, the colors were inspired by colors used in Guggenheim exhibits and from the Frank Lloyd Wright designed museum building itself.

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Artists have long used house paints on their canvases. Now they can get Modigliani colors.

Blogger note: To find out more about licensing your artwork go here. For even more resources go here.

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Art World Etiquette at Openings

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Many artists have eccentric behavior. Sometimes this is charming and interesting for those dealing with the artists. There are also times when such eccentricities do not serve the artist in advancing his or her art career.

Some artists behaviors are extreme, and perhaps even counterproductive. In the print book How To Sell Art, by gallerist J. Jason Horejs, the author describes encounters with artists who rail at the wealthy–their very market of art buyers!

Save the rants and manifestos for the artist cafes. When you are showing and selling your art and talking to art collectors and art professionals that’s the time to behave like a business professional.

Read this 12 point list of Guidelines for Openings, an excerpt from the book I like your work: art and etiquette, by Andrew Berardini.

“A key aspect of career advancement is getting talked about,” and you want that talk to be positive. “You do what works best to get what you want done and that’s how the game is played.”– from an article on Art World Etiquette:

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  • A single image to be featured as the Photo of the Day:

For stand-alone images, we accept one piece at a time.


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Contributions to Photography News are always welcome.

Photography News recently featured Adore Noir magazine. Adore Noir is a fine art photography magazine available exclusively in digital format.

Featuring exquisite musician portraits by Jim McGuire, world-class wedding photography by Jeff Ascough, a selection of pictures from the series “Transfigurations” by Norman Lerner, “neo-vintage” images by Adrian Davis, dramatic photographs of bullfighters by Michael Crouser, fine art landscapes by Rafal Maleszyk, an essay by Dominic Rouse and a richly illustrated behind-the-scenes story on the making of The Silver Footprint documentary, this issue reinforces the magazine’s commitment to high-quality black-and-white imagery.

Art Fairs: Comprehensive International Calendar

Art Vista helps you keep track of all the art fairs going on out there by providing a comprehensive international calendar that also lists the number of exhibitors and number of people who attend each fair. There are search options that allow you to find art fairs that specialize in photography or works on paper, ancient art, contemporary art, and other categories.

The Juried Services site, for smaller art fairs in the USA, allows you to register, create a profile portfolio and apply to select events all on one site.

Français : Visuel de Chic Art Fair 2010

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Call for Submissions–Collage Artists, etc

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 Magazine is a quarterly printed magazine about contemporary collage. They publish artist profiles and articles on collecting collage, exhibiting collage, and making collage art.

Collage artists should complete an online submission form on the Kolaj site and then submit 3-5 images of their collage art. No deadline, accepting submissions on an ongoing basis.

Image at right: Collage art of Cecil Touchon


Artists ask how they can make money on Twitter. Yes you can earn about $6.-$18.00USD.+ per Tweet for each sponsored Tweet you post to Twitter–it is easy

to do, you select what you tweet, no sign up fee–find out how here:   Referral Mention: @TransArtGuide or @TransmediArtist

Resources for Artists to Submit to Art Consultants, Art Galleries, Art Licensing Companies, Art Sales Ops

New York City

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Now, featured on one page—you can easily access thousands of art gallery sites –including several hundred in New York City. Spend your time reviewing these galleries, NOT searching for galleries to review. This list alone will save you hundreds of hours of your studio time! On this page HERE you will find alist of hundreds of art consultants around the world, a list of hundreds of art licensing companies, and a list of over 700 places to sell your art, and an ebook guide for making submissions of your art to these art professionals in positions to help you move up in your art career.

The Unique Services of Creamhotel®

cream*hotel® (*Creative Real Estate Art + Marketing) is a boutique firm with vacation rental apartments showcasing art and design on sale for their tenants. With properties in major destination cities such as London, New York, Miami, São Paulo and many others, they provide travelers with creative experiences  and an avant-garde aspect to their destinations.

creamhotel®’s  creamgallery™ is a moving gallery in spaces where people live and work. creamgallery™ focuses on contemporary art and welcomes all types of media to be selected for their curated apartments, exhibitions and online collection. creamgallery™ promotes its artists via one-off, site-specific events all the way through to ongoing exhibitions.

Blogger Note: Artists who need help with their approach for contacting this opportunity, read the guide to making submissions.

Miami’s Newest Artist Open Studios February 18th

Open Studios-February 18th, 2012

Sri Prabha and the Artisan Lounge announce the GRAND opening of Miami’s newest artist collection of artist studios and galleries.

OPEN STUDIOS: The Artisan Lounge
February 18, Saturday 7-10PM

Free and Open to the public!
Come join 26 artists for the grand opening!
3 Galleries.
1 Debut Night.
Live Performance by TOWN, starting at 8:00pm.
Free & Secure Parking on 5th Street in Christ Fellowship lot. Entrance in same lot.
500 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33132

More details and ongoing show information here:
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500NE 1st Ave, Studio M4 – The Artisan Lounge, Miami, FL 33132
Secured parking at the Christ Fellowship Church parking lot and only a few blocks away from Bayside Shopping Center.
Phone:786 220 2774

Attach Your Flickr Photostream to Fractured Atlas

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The fine arts organization Fractured Atlas offers free and paid memberships for artists and art organizations, and offer a variety of benefits including insurance options for artists.  Join and your name appears in their searchable membership directory.

After I signed up for a free membership, on my profile page I easily added my blog feed–with my last ten posts appearing in a list. Then I added my Flickr feed. Images of artworks from my Flickr account appeared in a large active slide show in my profile. There is a check box option to give Fractured Atlas permission to use images– credited– in their newsletter.

Fractured Atlas also has Fractured U free online courses for artists. There are currently 16 free courses available. Here is a sample of courses offered:

Presentation Venues–This course on artistic venues is primarily geared towards visual artists– pros, cons, and how to research all kinds of spaces.

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