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Old 05-19-2017, 11:31 AM
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NJM is closing

I just got a call from Lois at NJM ( Not Just Mud) in Portsmouth NH . She and Lee have sold the building and will shut the gallery at the end of July. It's been 25 years and was a great resource.They're moving to Florida.

That was the only gallery I was still willing to supply with work.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:51 PM
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WOW, that is an end of an era..... although they never bought my work, I knew that they were a big player on the scene....
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:34 PM
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If you look at the last few years, It's really a sea change Mark, for both the sellers and the buyers. I think the question for those of us that were "sellers", or likely still are, is "How do you accept the change gracefully? Can you recognize the change? "

I'm on the inland waterways now, no longer an ocean going vessel. What's in my head about "How" is more important than what I can make. I can sit on the porch now and mumble the words to old songs from "the Band".

Enjoy the end game if you can. It's really all that's left to your dignity. If you can still contribute, however, do it.
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:08 PM
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Is the same thing happening to paintings? I know it's a different market but don't know how.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:20 AM
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I don't know about that. I do know the internet graphic arts secondary market is amazing right now. I just saw an R Crumb "Fritz the Cat "original artwork go for 700K. Amazing fantasy 15 ( first spiderman 63) just sold for 53,000 in a 6.0 grading. A 4,0 went for 35K. That was yesterday. Two months back, a 9.4 went for 454K
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:14 AM
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Pete the glass market is fine. There are still galleries selling glass. You have not done any wholesale shows in how long? Since 2010? You left the scene in the crater of the Great Recession. With Wendy bumbling things up with her show and ACC allowing steel garden art to be sold, one would think that the glass market is dead, but there still are collectors, galleries and commissions to be had.

It's not like the glory days but your post sounds like the end is near or something. It's not.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:46 AM
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Quote:
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Is the same thing happening to paintings?
A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat was just sold by Sotheby's for $110.5 million USD. He's only the second or third American to ever break the 100M mark.

But that's not really a good comparison. I don't pay that close attention to painting (much less the actual market). IMHO painting is at a low point in history. A lot of what I run across is total garbage.

As far as having an income as a working artist, the MFA types are sticking to abstraction:

http://www.vulture.com/2014/06/why-n...-the-same.html

I think you could safely argue for a pumpkin analog here.

I love the term "Crapstraction."
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