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Quote alisongerber Replybullet Topic: artists’ work practices survey
    Posted: 21.9.2005 at 14:20

Greetings all!

I am researching the labor of artists, and would very much appreciate your help. I am hoping for as many artists as possible to let me know a little bit about their daily lives by filling out a form on the web. Few have looked at the work that artists do, and I believe that the consequences are significant.

As just one example, artists are rarely compensated adequately for the work that they do; this makes sense when you realize that a viewer might see a painting and assume that 60 hours of work went into its physical production - the viewer does not usually see the textual research, preliminary drawings, travel, interviews, materials research, negotiation for the loan of studio space, negotiations with shipping companies, meetings with curators, and many other tasks that might have gone into the production of the painting and which are necessary in order for the painting to be exhibited. Until it is clear what sorts of work artists actually do, it will be difficult to argue for realistic compensation.

If you have a few minutes to help, I would appreciate your input. Go to

and fill out the form you will find there. There’s only one question, and it will only take a few minutes of your time.

With this survey I am hoping to gather data from artists in all fields, from all parts of the world. If you identify yourself as an artist, I would like to hear from you. If you know any artists, please forward this e-mail along to them. I am very grateful for your time and energy.

Alison Gerber



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