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Artist Gwenn Seemel’s bilingual blog about art, portraiture, free culture, and feminism.

The art business isn’t like any other business.

2018 . 06 . 07 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

And I get offended when people try to tell me that it is.


Artists are usually on their own running their business, doing the freelance thing. It’s difficult. And when people conflate us with companies, it’s only harder.

For example, a few years ago, I published my book Crime Against Nature and, at that time, I was using a particular platform to distribute free PDFs of the book. The platform needed the email address of anyone who wanted the e-book because it automatically sent a link to the person requesting the PDF. When I went through the emails of everyone who’d asked for the book—and there were a lot—a significant portion of the emails were angry coded messages like: F***You@NotGivingMyEmailAddress.com

And I get it. People are fed up with companies ripping off their information and spamming them, so they lash out. But the fact that they’re lashing out at individual artists means that people think the art business is like any other business. It’s not, and I get more into just how different it is in this half hour video about how artists make money.


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