Many years ago the art business was considered a seasonal business. It slowed down after the first of the year and had a casual slumber during the summer months. Those days are long gone because as the global market has emerged there is activity always somewhere. With the proliferation of the art fairs- I’ve been told some 168 worldwide-as of 2012 and the 24/7 on line art market, who has time for a break?
In July prepared the final details for Art Southampton that opened to the public on the 25th; followed closely by the Aspen Art Fair where I had works consigned to another dealer during the first week of August. After that August looks like time to prepare for shows in the fall, and the fairs in Chicago and the Metro Show in New York and at the same time already looking at the schedule for 2014!
While this may be good for business is it good for art for culture? And when do we really get to relax, retool and think? We seem to be on the go and on the go and in the end what has been accomplished? How does one sustain oneself either as an artist or a dealer or anyone working in the field and keep the racket of the marketplace out of your head and the related workload manageable? When do we get that concentrated time to look over things or just brood? Where are we rushing and why? Looking at my computer screen the other day I realized that we have not cut down on work we have increased it in fact with the addition of the management of websites and the entire spectrum of social media with Facebook, Tumblr and Tweeter needing constant attention
Don’t get me wrong I’m glad to back in the business and with many projects in hand. I am not complaining, BUT where are those moments of discussion and exchange that used to happen between seasons; that life seems now long gone. And because contact is so much through e-mail and social media networks I leave you these late few weeks of summer with a few books on my summer reading list-go to the Links page on the new site.