Service of Art II

October 15th, 2012

Categories: Art, Arts & Crafts, Creativity

Valerie Bunnell’s "Queen Bee"

Valerie Bunnell’s "Queen Bee"

Nothing stops art and/or the creative process. That’s the theme Richard Rothbard of American Art Marketing chose for the intro to the program for the trilogy of events he founded and will direct at the Javits Center this weekend: The Contemporary Art Fair NYC, American Art Show NYC and a new section, Art Off the Main, October 19-21. I help promote these events.

Jane Herzenberg Designs

Jane Herzenberg Designs

Rothbard has thought about art for 30+ years, through enthusiastic economies and limping ones. Before he wrote the intro, Rothbard observed that even a tight economy doesn’t stop artists–whether those associated with the arts and crafts he represents or actors, writers, musicians and others. I add, some have given or risked their lives for art. Like liquid in a leaky container, the work of artists seeps out no matter what.  

Menorah by metal sculptor Gary Rosenthal

Menorah by metal sculptor Gary Rosenthal

Rothbard wrote in the intro: “You enter your home, apartment or office and rejoice in seeing a painting, sculpture or photograph that you will hand down to your children and friends. In dressing for work or for a special event, a handcrafted piece of jewelry or fashion accessory will make you look and feel exceptional.” His former comment reminds me that people who buy and care for art and crafts help preserve them. I’m a perfect example of the latter point. I might be wearing the same old suit but add a fabulous, creative necklace or pin and it gets all the attention.

Mark Symczak’s “Myna with Orchid”

Mark Symczak’s “Myna with Orchid”

Some of the unexpected things you’ll see among the exhibits of furniture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textile and fashion, painting, sculpture and photography–200 juried exhibitors in all–include a wooden shoehorn similar to one that the Emperor of Japan owns [by Hiroyki Hashino]; reconfirgured antique handbags [Joy Horvath–Gioia handbags], photographs that move [Debora Lill, Still Art in Motion–check out the video on her website] and so much more!

If you come make sure you say “hi” to me!

Do you agree that artists, however you define them, can’t be stopped from creating and performing? 

"Panther Chameleon Pin/Pendant" by Amy Roper Lyons

"Panther Chameleon Pin/Pendant" by Amy Roper Lyons

12 Responses to “Service of Art II”

  1. EAM Said:

    I think in leaner times, artists are often coerced into thriving on their instincts due to limited resources; this can ultimately bring on more creativity and passion for their work.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Great point! And because they are more creative, those with limited resources might decide to spend their disposable income on something wonderful and innovative rather than on the same old stuff that everyone else has.

  3. PWW Said:

    I agree that talent will out but I also know that there’s a lot of luck in SUCCESS ( someone decides to give the artist a leg up and recognition) and that at some point, no matter how talented or original, if an artist isn’t recognized and if he/she wants to be able to support a family), he/she will probably give up and switch to another occupation. Sometimes, in fact, the most original (ahead of their times) don’t get recognized in time to keep them working on their art. That has to be the ultimate frustration — to be driven to create, to have a vision and to have only a few friends as acolytes.

  4. Hank Goldman Said:

    How is this for an artist KEEPIn’ On Keepin’ on? and NOT stopping the ”Creative Juices” despite the great odds!!

    – – – – – – – – – –

    Ai Weiwei
    (born 18 May 1957) is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism.

    Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government’s stance on democracy and human rights. He has investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of so-called “tofu-skin schools” in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

    In 2011, following his arrest at Beijing airport on 3 April, he was held for over two months without any official charges being filed; officials alluded to their allegations of “economic crimes” (tax evasion). In October 2011 ArtReview magazine named Ai number one in their annual Power 100 list. The decision was criticised by the Chinese authorities. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin responded, “China has many artists who have sufficient ability. We feel that a selection that is based purely on a political bias and perspective has violated the objectives of the magazine”.

  5. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I have known incredibly gifted artists, interior designers, photographers and while I agree with you that luck has something to do with it, sometimes artists won’t do some of the basic things necessary to give themselves opportunities to be discovered. I don’t blame them or point fingers, because often their quirkiness is what makes them creative and distinct. But if today, for example, they refuse to have a website, or if they participate in an event such as my client’s and they don’t submit an image so that it can be placed on the event website….they make it very difficult to be found [or for me to promote them or shine a spotlight on their work].

    I know an actor who gave up and supported his family with a marketing job in the insurance industry but he belongs to an excellent amateur group and satisfies his creative juices by going on stage and working like two dogs to learn his lines and practice in addition to his day job.

    It’s not easy.

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    A pefect example of what lengths an artist will take. Whew!

  7. Lucrezia Said:

    He’s right, but it takes 30 years to figure this out? Fine web site. Enjoyed.

  8. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I’m sure it didn’t take him 30 years….that’s my fault for squeezing in his credentials for credibility as much as to make the point that in 30 years he’s seen so much that underscores and proves the point.

    Glad you like his website. He has a talented graphics person, Bo Eriksson. Did you look at the program?

  9. Herb Nelson Said:

    I believe that as long as health permits no mind, including those of artists, ever stops functioning or creating. The question is what are the artists creating? One more tchotchke, or a masterpiece?

    At least in the West, over time the finest quality work appears during periods when there is a confluence of three factors: Money is plentiful to pay for creative work; interest in creativity is valued, fashionable and promoted by those in power, and economies, if conflicted, are expanding in their size and reach and complexity. Typical examples of such times would be 5th century B.C. Athens, 15th century Florence, !6th century Venice, early 17th Holland, and 19th century Paris.

    Most of the artists I’ve met don’t like going hungry. At some point they will trade their creativity in for cash. One I especially remember was the less talented (or less lucky) younger brother of a world famous modern artist, who my then wife hired to paint our downstairs decades ago. He was so doped up that he couldn’t even paint a straight line on a wall, far less than on a canvas. I had to hire a pro to come clean up the job after he didn’t show up for work one day. I often wondered what ever happened to the guy, but you still see his brother’s work everywhere.

  10. Jeanne Byington Said:


    You reminded me of dear friends of my parents. The husband was a talented portrait painter but he had a large family and not enough people wanted their portraits painted so that in between commissions, he, too, would paint houses. He painted just enough until the next portait job came along and would quit. He was not interested in lots of money and was very clever and handy so he didn’t have to hire people to do things around the house. My guess is that he did a great job on the homes he painted. Drugs were not his passion.

  11. Martha Takayama Said:

    As a private art dealer and subsequently long-time gallery director, it seems to me that passion for art and creativity are not necessarily adequate to sustain a career or a living in any economy.

    In a depressed economy, unfortunately, art, with the exception of consecrated and commercially validated masterpieces becomes much more difficult to sell. A concern with food, clothing, and shelter may not deter someone from considering himself or herself an artist, but it certainly can inhibit or prevent creation.

    The same is true for the potential collector or consumer.

    I understand and admire Richard Riobard’s enthusiasm and faith in the power and pleasure of artistic endeavors, but find it unrealistic to agree with him especially in times like the present.

  12. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I buy lotto tickets when the prize reaches the moon. I wonder if many artists today don’t hope to be discovered and make a pot of gold. So much new, nutty [in my opinion] art is bringing in more money than a lotto prize.

    Then again many artists don’t know how to market their work and there are so few galleries, such as yours, to help them do it and so many praying to be discovered by a gallery–the answer to an artist’s prayers I suspect.

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