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By and large, the making of serious, thoughtful and occasionally valuable art has become a lonely persuasion, while the marketing of art has become a boutique operation, manipulated by fashion, self-serving art scholars and the vagaries of the auction block. (Abe Ajay)

An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission. (Fred Allen)

Art isn't art until it's sold. Until then it's an obsession and a storage problem. (Anonymous)

I surround myself with subjects that I wish to paint, then I find a sales channel to market those paintings. (Kenn Backhaus)

In good times, people want to advertise; in bad times, they have to. (Bruce Barton)

Well, that's the secret of commerciality, a simple style and you stick with it. (Les Baxter)

Do your art and forget about marketing it. You can always find somebody else to do the marketing, but you can't find somebody else to do the art. (Theresa Bayer)

Buying is a profound pleasure. (Simone de Beauvoir)

No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist. (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Man, an animal that makes bargains. (Arthur Christopher Benson)

Not everyone will be able to afford art, the market will tighten, but art sales will continue. It's not the end of the world. (Denise Bezanson)

commerce, n. A kind of transaction in which A plunders from B the goods of C, and for compensation B picks the pocket of D of money belonging to E. (Ambrose Bierce)

auctioneer, n. The man who proclaims with a hammer that he has picked a pocket with his tongue. (Ambrose Bierce)

When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree. (William Blake)

I don't like commissions and rarely take them on because I cannot see what is in the buyer's mind and heart. What is precious to them is uninspiring to me. Paint what you love. (Linda Blondheim)

Why don't we spend less on advertising and just build a better product? (Bill Boeing)

There is no such thing as 'soft sell' and 'hard sell.' There is only 'smart sell' and 'stupid sell.' (Charles Browder)

We have become a society where the artist is regarded as a self-indulgent superfluity, and the person who juggles stocks and shares is an essential part of the economy. (Pam Brown)

Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business. (Warren Buffett)

It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere. (Edmund Burke)

A good ad which is not run never produces sales. (Leo Burnett)

Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief. (Leo Burnett)

- Naked Lunch, 1959...
Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy. (William S. Burroughs)

Financial success as a fine artist is largely a product of time, timing and marketing – assuming of course that good art is being produced all the while. (Ken Campbell)

Do not help the quick moneymakers who have delusions about taking possession of classics by smearing them with paint. (Frank Capra)

That which costs little is less valued. (Miguel de Cervantes)

Advertising is the very essence of democracy. (Anton Chekhov)

Some will tell you that you are mad, and nearly all will say, 'What is the use?' For we are a nation of shopkeepers, and no shopkeeper will look at research which does not promise him a financial return within a year. (Apsley Cherry-Garrard)

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. (Confucius)

Those wishing to be successful in the market can't ignore the boomer numbers, the wealth and spending power they have. (Pat Conroy)

-on selling his sketches...
I don't mind parting with the corn, but not with the field in which it was raised. (John Constable)

Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away. (Clarence Darrow)

If the work is poor, the public taste will soon do it justice. And the author, reaping neither glory nor fortune, will learn by hard experience how to correct his mistakes. (Jacques-Louis David)

There is too much talk and gossip; pictures are apparently made, like stock-market prices, by competition of people eager for profits... All this traffic sharpens our intelligence and falsifies our judgment. (Edgar Degas)

Don't be afraid to discount. Your work is still the same value in the long run, and people will appreciate it if you are honest. (Gil Dellinger)

Sameness is what marketers want us to want. (Thomas M. Disch)

The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself. (Peter Drucker)

When you pay high for the priceless, you're getting it cheap. (Joseph Duveen)

I'm not opposed to commerce, even though I'm an artist. (Tracey Emin)

America has become the land of 'flogging.' The cheap, the no-brainer - people love to buy. (Nick Farbacher)

The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men - the man he is and the man he wants to be. (William Feather)

It is terrifying to think of what a commodity art has become. (Audrey Flack)

Just because you love clothes doesn't mean you love shopping in stores. (Bridget Foley)

The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated. (B. C. Forbes)

Our currency is what we are able to make. (Robert Genn)

I buy when other people are selling. (J. Paul Getty)

- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking...
It is the new and different that is always most vulnerable to market research. (Malcolm Gladwell)

Where wealth and freedom reign, contentment fails, / And honour sinks where commerce long prevails. (Oliver Goldsmith)

- b.1716 d.1771...
Commerce changes the fate and genius of nations. (Thomas Gray)

The downside to the Internet is that it has made every artist in the world world-class - flooding the market with art and artists alike. (Brad Greek)

When the customer comes first, the customer will last. (Robert Half)

Miss Cassatt was ever ready to recommend, Mr. Havemeyer to buy, and I to find a place for the pictures in our gallery. (Louisine W. Havemeyer)

The profit-driven media is the controlling motive. It's a lens that we forget we are looking through even as it dominates our lives. (Margaret Henkels)

The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller not one. (George Herbert)

Beautiful art sells. If it sells itself, it is an idolatrous commodity; if it sells anything else, it is a seductive advertisement. (Dave Hickey)

Commercials are so contemporary and up to date that when you're involved in that visual world, you can't really go backwards. (Damien Hirst)

Commerce is the only vehicle with which we measure success. It is a shabby scale for lofty purposes. (Brenda Hofreiter)

-on a series of 20 paintings which he refused to sell separately...
It was like a novel with so many chapters... At first there were no takers. But the paintings weren't bad, and I sold them. (Maqbool Fida Husain)

Commerce is the great civilizer. (Robert G. Ingersoll)

Our pictures began to find purchasers. (A. Y. Jackson)

The market is a fickle mistress and in order for the work to endure over the long haul or, in the best cases, advance the artistic language, there must be integrity that comes from deep connection with a compelling subject. (Cassandra James)

In the heart of every great merchant is a gifted artist. (D. H. Kahnweiler)

Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid. (Soren Kierkegaard)

There's been million-seller books and million-seller CDs. But there hasn't been, until now, million-seller art. (Thomas Kinkade)

The market is the only critic that matters. (Walter Kirn)

Marketing is the great void of training in all our art education... The most curiously profitable relationship for me was, I found an advocate... a one-person dynamo in a small town who happened to love art and found someone to champion: myself and my work. (Jackie Knott)

It is not always the best artists that garner the greatest sales, but the best marketers of their art. (Brian Knowles)

As much as artists may hate hierarchies, they are themselves arranged in one... it's still a matter of people producing product and then attempting to market it to an appreciative public. (Brian Knowles)

I believe in advertisement and media completely. My art and my personal life are based in it. The art world would probably be a tremendous reservoir for everybody involved in advertising. (Jeff Koons)

Artists of the world arise – it's time to dump your dealers. (Mark Kostabi)

What makes the production of my work so expensive? The whole installation thing - the construction, the objects, the technology. It really adds up. (Barbara Kruger)

I'm not a marketing person. I don't ask myself questions. I go by instinct. (Karl Lagerfeld)

Marketing is what you do when your product is no good. (Edwin Land)

If everything that you do is for the market, it won't work. (T. Allen Lawson)

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it. (Stephen Leacock)

People will buy anything that is one to a customer. (Sinclair Lewis)

The art of advertisement, after the American manner, has introduced into all our life such a lavish use of superlatives, that no standard of value whatever is intact. (Wyndham Lewis)

Love gives itself; it is not bought. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

If all life is sacred, then the marketplace is of the same spiritual significance as the temple... (Harold Loukes)

-on Tom Thomson...
Yet to him, his most beautiful sketches were only paint. He placed no value on them. All he wanted was more paint, so that he could paint others. (J. M. MacCallum)

Look at our marketing methods... If we hold too tight, we squeeze the life from our efforts. (Nakona Macdonald)

By getting your customers to agree with you in small steps along the way, you have a better chance of reaching agreement when it's time to do business. (Harvey Mackay)

Sales cannot be the only measure of accomplishment, and yet it is difficult to remain motivated when it always seems just beyond one's grasp. (Mary Jean Mailloux)

While artists fervently believe that the art marketplace was invented by the devil and remains in his henchman's hands, they have no choice but to carry long spoons and sup there. (Eric Maisel)

I don't think the advertisers have any real idea of their power, not only to reflect but to mold society. (Marya Mannes)

Goods are displayed by thousands of shopkeepers with a sense of beauty that finds no other outlet. (Mignon McLaughlin)

People don't buy art. Not really. But they do buy wine. (Hugh McLeod)

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century. (Marshall McLuhan)

Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance. (Marshall McLuhan)

To expect sales is a set up for a letdown. What we create is a luxury item; no one needs a painting in order to exist. If you aren't in it just for the pure joy of doing it, you will have disappointment. (Larry Moore)

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. (Jim Morrison)

A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells. (Grandma Moses)

There's a prejudice against the artist who sells his own paintings – the image of a starving painter is frequently associated to him. (Sandra Nunes)

A good advertisement is one which sells the product without drawing attention to itself. (David Ogilvy)

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket. (George Orwell)

When people asked to buy my work I always said no. I'd had this rather rarefied idea that I didn't want money going through my head while I was making work. But after the car crash I realized that none of my work was owned by anyone. After that, I grew up a bit. (Cornelia Parker)

There are countless artists whose shoes I am not worthy to polish – whose prints would not pay the printer. The question of judgment is a puzzling one. (Maxfield Parrish)

You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap. (Dolly Parton)

Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny. (Plutarch)

Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason. (Ayn Rand)

The only reward one should offer an artist is to buy his work. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

While the market defines demand for art, it does not define art. (Alice Rich)

Advertising is speech. It's regulated because it's often effective speech. (Jef I. Richards)

Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need. (Will Rogers)

The real genius to make a marketplace flourish doesn't come from the government. It comes from the individual genius of its people. (Jim Rohn)

If you make a sale, you make a living. If you make an investment of time and good service in a customer, you can make a fortune. (Jim Rohn)

Don't bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill. (Jim Rohn)

We get paid for bringing value to the market place. (Jim Rohn)

The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government. (Mitt Romney)

There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. (John Ruskin)

Auctions are bizarre combinations of slave market, trading floor, theatre and burlesque... a lot of people are going to be making a lot of excuses or maintaining that they were never part of this. (Jerry Saltz)

Bear in mind that brains and learning, like muscle and physical skill, are articles of commerce. They are bought and sold. You can hire them by the year or by the hour. The only thing in the world not for sale is character. (Antonin Scalia)

There's a lot of bad isms floating around this world, but one of the worst is commercialism. (George Seaton)

He profits most who serves best. (Arthur F. Sheldon)

Confidence and enthusiasm are the greatest sales procedures in any kind of ceremony. (O. B. Smith)

Publishing is an act of commerce. (Richard Snyder)

The real artist while he paints does not think of the sale, only of the need to make a beautiful living thing. (Irving Stone)

The vast majority of fiction is written to markets and to this damnable business we have nowadays of categorizing everything. (Theodore Sturgeon)

But the jingling of the guinea, helps the hurt that honour feels. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

Everyone is in the business of customer satisfaction. Who are your customers and how are they doing? (Brian Tracy)

Develop a mailing list... anyone who comes through your studio or meets you at art shows or anywhere. It's the power of permission-based marketing. Email your latest work to the list, every month. (Cory Trepanier)

A personal website, for an artist, is a marketing tool, not a sales tool. A gallery, for an artist, is a union made in heaven because it relieves the artist of everyday minutia and lets the artist concentrate on work. (Stewart Turcotte)

The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material, and the best commodities to trade in are sincerity and love. (Morihei Ueshiba)

Dead art sells better, and I'm not feeling well. (Ron Ukrainetz)

Auction goods stay a bargain as at least one serious bidder always misses out. (Milos Vujasinovic)

Success is what sells. (Andy Warhol)

The best thing commercially, which is the worst artistically, by and large, is the most successful. (Orson Welles)

We have a market-driven society so obsessed with buying and selling and obsessed with power and pleasure and property. (Cornel West)

Fortunately, I had the teaching in the schools... to keep me, and I painted as I wished. Otherwise I'd have had to paint what the people wanted. (W. P. Weston)

I am a commercial artist because I paint to earn a living. We who earn money from what we produce are all commercial artists. (Jack White)

In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide. (Thornton Wilder)

People don't buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons. (Zig Ziglar)


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