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-Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children...
The object of art is not to make salable pictures. It is to save yourself. (Sherwood Anderson)

I'm aiming for the emotional honesty of Van Gogh and the promotional skills of Coca-Cola! (Dion Archibald)

There are more buyers for great art than there are great works of art being created, so concentrate on quality, and don't raise prices faster than the market can bear. (Clyde Aspevig)

-art collector and philanthropist...
I buy based on emotion, because I am fascinated with an object that I simply cannot live without. Although I often end up acquiring two or three works by an artist who particularly interests me, it's more for fear that a single one might get too lonely. (Michael Audain)

I just have this sort of entrepreneurial spirit and I work really hard at promoting myself. (Alison Bechdel)

If there were dreams to sell... What would you buy? (Thomas Lovell Beddoes)

People don't like to admit it, but it does motivate you to make work if you're selling it. There is a drive in that. (Zoe Benbow)

If you don't believe in what you're selling, neither will your prospect. (Frank Bettger)

-ART/WORK...
Pressure to sell can stifle development, especially at the beginning of a career. But because there's a real possibility to sell work as an emerging artist, you have to confront issues, and understand how the art world works, in a way that emerging artists never had to before. (Heather Darcy Bhandari)

A best-seller was a book which somehow sold well because it was selling well. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

I ignore Hallmark Holidays. And this comes from a guy who has sold a million Opus greeting cards. (Berkely Breathed)

In an increasingly shiny, fabricated world of spun messages and concocted experiences - where nearly everything we encounter is created for consumption - elevating a brand above the fray requires an uncommon mix of creativity and discipline. (Bill Breen)

I, too, wondered whether I could not sell something and succeed in life... Finally the idea of inventing something insincere crossed my mind and I set to work straightaway. (Marcel Broodthaers)

We cannot judge our art because it does or does not sell. (Abigail Brown)

A good basic selling idea, involvement and relevancy, of course, are as important as ever, but in the advertising din of today, unless you make yourself noticed and believed, you ain't got nothin'. (Leo Burnett)

It's business, selling comics; you work out what sells and you don't want to muck about with it too much. (Eddie Campbell)

Today, we need to be open to all possible ways of earning a living with our art, and selling alongside the road is one way to do it. No overhead, no restrictions, no framing costs, no middle person, gallery or agent. (Susan Canavarro)

I hope always to earn my living by my art without having ever deviated by even a hair's breadth from my principles... to please anyone or to sell more easily. (Gustave Courbet)

People buy because they are sold--either by someone else or themselves. They buy because they want to enhance their lives. Because what they see reminds them of something. Because there's a story behind the art or the artist. Because they want to get rid of money - sometimes lots of it. (Roger Cummiskey)

Writers are always selling somebody out. (Joan Didion)

I sometimes wish I had never had to sell a painting. Every painting you make represents the time it was made and how you were feeling and what your influences were... You are never going to feel that way again, so you can never repeat it... (Peter Doig)

The details are details. They make the product. The connections, the connections, the connections. It will in the end be these details that give the product its life. (Charles Eames)

I have a definite talent for convincing people to try something new. I am a good salesman. When I'm on form, I can sell anything. (Brian Eno)

If the art is not selling, there is always that moment when we close like a flower with no sunlight and fail to open until the light returns. (Elle Fagan)

For a long time, I kept working at part-time jobs... my goal was to build up enough savings so I wouldn't be kicked out on the streets if I didn't sell enough paintings. (Janet Fish)

If nothing is selling, take that time to work and develop your style, produce a series of work that will be ready to sell when things loosen up. This is our breathing time... (Gwen Fox)

There is a buyer out there somewhere for almost any kind of art. Even though I paint because I love it, selling is the ultimate validation that my work has value, because someone is willing to pay money to get it. (Suzette Fram)

Most people could describe something they would like in their house, certain colors or a certain subject. But they usually buy a piece of art that speaks to them emotionally - a scene that reminds them of a special place, or a painting that just makes them happy. (Nina Allen Freeman)

Selling is the icing on the cake. It's the making of the work that matters; an experience is incomplete - life is incomplete, in fact - unless and until I've done something with it in the form of a drawing or a painting. (Frank Gordon)

So what do artists want? They simply want to do what they love: sell work to collectors who will adore and care for one-of-a-kind pieces. They want to make a living wage, like anyone else. (Stephanie Greene)

Paint fast, sell quickly. (Alfred Hair)

I love looking for things to paint, and I love painting, and I love framing them and seeing them in a gallery, but more than anything, I love to sell them. (Jack Hambleton)

Bravo for the artists who, if they don't get into a gallery, hang out their own sign and keep going. (Margaret Henkels)

I saw a sign on the side of the road in Tennessee once that said 'dirt for sale'... what a great country we live in. DIRT for sale. How would you like to get inside that guys mind and look around for a hour? That guy sees opportunity at every glance, doesn't he? (Bill Hicks)

The best way to sell yourself to others is first to sell the others to yourself. (Napoleon Hill)

As an artist, you don't stop making art because people are not buying it. (Damien Hirst)

When a man is trying to sell you something, don't imagine that he is polite all the time. (Edgar Watson Howe)

I felt landscapes would sell more readily, and not being equipped psychologically to be a teacher or commercial artist, that was important. (E. J. Hughes)

Selling our work to anyone is a pleasure, but sometimes asking why they bought it can be an unpleasant revelation. (Joseph Jahn)

Human beings will line up for miles to buy a bucket of catastrophes, but don't try selling sunshine and light - you'll go broke. (Chuck Jones)

You've got to be success minded. You've got to feel that things are coming your way when you're out selling; otherwise, you won't be able to sell anything. (Benjamin Jowett)

The next step after cheap is free, and after free is disposable. (Bill Joy)

It's a lot easier and probably more productive to try and sell organic vegetables from an organic grocery store than from a hardware store. (Alar Jurma)

Selling is not a static activity. (Scott Kahn)

Create something, sell it, make it better, sell it some more and then create something that obsoletes what you used to make. (Guy Kawasaki)

How many dispair of not selling themselves enough? ...if you don't think your work is good neither will anyone else. (Jackie Knott)

The meek may inherit the earth but a reserved personality rarely sells a painting. (Jackie Knott)

We sell books, other people sell shoes. What's the difference? Publishing isn't the highest art. (Michael Korda)

I really believe in my work and in no way think I'm taking advantage of anyone. I feel generous when selling my art. (Mark Kostabi)

My work is my work and I will attempt to sell it for what it is. (Don Lambert)

A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all. (Michael Leboeuf)

Frightening for many artists is promoting themselves. They feel it is... artificial and not what we want to be known for. Yet if we start thinking about what we do as important and important to offer to people, not to sell... it allows us to shift the way we think about promoting ourselves. (Adam Leipzig)

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless. (Sinclair Lewis)

Only two sales were made. We didn't sell enough catalogues to make printing expenses. So it seems probable that we shall have to pay, as usual, for the privilege of giving the... public an art education. (J. E. H. MacDonald)

Your most important sale in life is to sell yourself to yourself. (Maxwell Maltz)

Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. (Og Mandino)

With no promoted market base, self-sold art has little chance in finding a secondary market and is most often the art which becomes the storage problem for the kids. (Bill Mayberry, art dealer)

Many students do not spend enough time planning their painting so that it will have what I remember from my advertising days as a USP - Unique Selling Point. (Terry McKivragan)

Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century. (Marshall McLuhan)

I believe in that one-on-one sell. I don't really believe in flooding the market with loads of goods that don't mean much, and you lose your identity. (Alexander McQueen)

It would be asking too much to want to sell only to connoisseurs - that way starvation lies. (Claude Monet)

Canvases between 8 centimetres and 1 metre are priced around 25,000 francs. In the past I used to sell them from between 50 to 100 francs at the most. I have to say... that I feel somewhat embarrassed at this admission. (Claude Monet)

One must not make oneself cheap here - that is a cardinal point - or else one is done. Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance. (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

When I paint, I never think of selling. People simply fail to understand that we paint in order to experiment and to develop ourselves as we strive for greater heights. (Edvard Munch)

It has been difficult to hold onto many paintings but I have retained a few... (LeRoy Neiman)

Excellence always sells. (Earl Nightingale)

Painters should focus on creating the best work they can. That is what they can control... Once the work is out there, its value is determined by people willing to spend money that they too worked hard for. (Brigitte Nowak)

They give me the money, I give them the book. Having input into the adaptation would be kind of like selling a house and coming back three years later and saying, 'Paint it this color!' (Robert B. Parker)

I regard it as a waste of time to think only of selling: one forgets one's art and exaggerates one's value. (Camille Pissarro)

Good merchandise, even hidden, soon finds buyers. (Plautus)

No picture is made to endure, nor to live with, but it is made to sell and sell quickly. (Ezra Pound)

Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market. (Ezra Pound)

Selling well is not selling out. (Bob Ragland)

I'm not fashionable at all, and the fact that I manage to sell pictures without being fashionable is thanks to my gallery. (Paula Rego)

-b.1913 d.1967...
Now almost every artist outside of New York is connected with some school or some museum school, and even in New York the majority are. That's an interesting fact when you take the idea of making money, making a living selling paintings. Only a dozen or two painters do that. (Ad Reinhardt)

If you paint to sell you are no good. Selling is a by-product. (John W. Robichaux)

A selling artist must create complicated art in order not to be a competitor with a machine. (Yaroslaw Rozputnyak)

When I tell artists that a new painting by a newish artist should go for around $1,200, they look at me like I'm a flesh-eating virus. (Jerry Saltz)

Don't work thinking about the sale of a painting; instead find its soul and it will sell itself. (Kath Schifano)

Artists want to sell their work, sure. But they aren't out there asking questions about what people want and what they don't want, now are they? (Michael Scott)

Like adverts, today's works of art aim to create a brand, even if they have no product to sell except themselves. (Roger Scruton)

Kids don't know about best sellers. They go for what they enjoy. They aren't star chasers and they don't suck up. It's why I like them. (Maurice Sendak)

Art is work and selling it is art. (Paol Serret)

Art is never priced, or sold, according to a standard. It is always what the market will bear. Therefore, if there is a measurement, it is of demand, not quality. (Robert Sesco)

Everyone lives by selling something, whatever be his right to it. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

I wouldn't dream of selling my work. I give them to friends, to charities. (Rod Taylor)

You are an artist and your job is to make art. Don't listen to marketers who aren't artists. And those marketers who are artists, take their advice with a grain of salt. (Kyle V. Thomas)

Spend at least 20-30% of your time marketing. You have to pay for this either way. Either you pay a gallery to do this for you (taking an average of 50% commission), or you put your time and effort into it. Unless people see the great art you're making, they'll never buy it. (Cory Trepanier)

It has become a certainty now that if you will only advertise sufficiently you may make a fortune by selling anything. (Anthony Trollope)

You must be passionate about your work, and marketing should not be your passion. (Stewart Turcotte)

Just because your ratings are bigger doesn't mean you're better. (Ted Turner)

Never sell a work of which you are not proud to say, 'I painted that!' If you sell a 'dog' it will always come back to bite you. (Robert Wade)

We are selling for an international audience. (Haider Wady)

Great design will not sell an inferior product, but it will enable a great product to achieve its maximum potential. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

John Ruskin: "The labour of two days is that for which you ask two hundred guineas?" Whistler: "No. I ask it for the knowledge I have gained in the work of a lifetime." (James Abbot McNeill Whistler)

Art doesn't sell itself, it has to be sold. (Jack White)

The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it. (Oscar Wilde)

Publishing is a very mysterious business. It is hard to predict what kind of sale or reception a book will have, and advertising seems to do very little good. (Tom Wolfe)

The only people in the world who can change things are those who can sell ideas. (Lois Wyse)


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