Interview with Brainard Carey of the Praxis Centre
Praxis Center is an online educational tool for artists where I teach techniques to get international recognition for visual artists. I set it up because I was trying to figure out all of this as an artist at one point, and I wasn’t getting any answers! Not from college or other artists. After I got into the Whitney Biennial in NYC, I understood how it all worked. I wasn’t represented by a gallery at the time and I got into this prestigious biennial that was a pivotal show for me.
If you want international recognition and to be part of “the conversation” as they say, then apply to Residencies! The good ones are the key to meeting international curators and that can really boost anyones practice and career.
In Praxis Center I offer support for this and anyone can sign up to my mailing list on my blog here – http://blog.praxiscenterforaesthetics.com/
Interesting question – I would answer the “wilderness” is not knowing how the art world works and wanting to get in to it and feeling like an outsider and that you are alone.
Having a resume full of international shows, biennials, residencies and awards as well as a commercial gallery or three to sell your work.
Well, institutions like non-profits (NGOs) and biennials are non-commercial and can give great exposure and prestige to an artist based on merit only because they do not sell art, so that is very importantand hugely influential. Commercial galleries of course are also important but in a different way – ideally a good gallery gets your work into “good” collections that then give you visibility in the commercial world of art (selling)
I studied at SUNY Purchase in NY and that school taught me to do whatever I wanted and to not think of the market, so I was doing things like performance and installations that I enjoyed very much but were for the most part un – sellable. I enjoyed my time in school very much, there’s nothing like hanging out with artists, that half the reason I love art, because artists tend to be a pretty chill bunch and I still feel that way.
In that book, I draw on the many interviews I have done with artists and curators (over 1000 interviews to date) and I break down how artists define and achieve their goals, so it is very practical on the one hand, giving advice, but it also has excerpts from interviews so you can see exactly how individual artist sold work or got into great shows.
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Hmm, that a tough question. But perhaps it’s work by Paul Thek, a very poetic artist to me. His wax figure of a Dead Hippie comes to mind but for some reason I find his work very powerful, and very sad, and about the tragic qualities of life, and its hard to pin down why I like a painting of his like Our Mother Who Art, but there it is. More images are here from a retrospective 8 years ago.
Yes, and it’s terrible! I made a website devoted to scams, so add yours here or read about existing ones and this is all user generated – Hows My Dealing.
Thanks Brainard Thats all really great info ! Many Thanks Paul