Suggested Reading – ART/WORK – Heather Darcy Bhandari & Jonathan Melber

Art_WorkSuggested Reading – ART/WORK—-Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career by Heather Darcy Bhandari & Jonathan Melber

Heather Darcy Bhandari (director and curator at Mixed Greens Gallery) and Jonathan Melber (Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts) co-author a career field guide for emerging and mid-career artists.

Interviewing curators, gallerists, collectors, and established artists Darcy Bhandari & Melber aim to help developing artists demystify the social politics of navigating the art gallery and museum systems while providing practical professional resources. This book covers suggested etiquette for artists pursuing gallery courtships, the rudiments of writing protective contracts, and shares tips on constructing grant/residency submission materials.

“The art world is full of people who like saying “there are no rules in the art world,” which is only sort of true. There’s certainly nothing written in stone (there’s barely anything written on paper). And sure, what you do in the studio is entirely up to you; there aren’t any rules about what you choose to make or how you make it. But there are general customs in the art world, and widespread expectations among arts professionals, which you should know before you head out of the studio and start meeting these people.”

Darcy Bhandari & Melber’s comprehensive manual is intended to help artists expand their business practices while encouraging professionalism as it relates to artistic practice. This book serves the dose of practicality needed to aid in dispelling the antiquated over-romanticized notion of the starving artist.
-Dustin Dennis

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1 Response to “Suggested Reading – ART/WORK – Heather Darcy Bhandari & Jonathan Melber”


  1. 1 Amanda August 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I bought this book through NYFA at a symposium where one of the authors did a presentation about legal documents artists should know about. I don’t know if they are still selling it, but I got it from NYFA for just $8. -well worth it.


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