For an aspiring artist, the art gallery is the holy grail of survival, luck, and fame. Without an art gallery, there is very limited opportunity to showcase one’s works, let alone what someone is capable of.
After all, art gallery dealers sometimes patronize an artist based on his or her potential. And this brings us to a discussion of the different types of art galleries that exist. There is a large art gallery and a rather small art gallery for a painter or sculptor to exhibit his or her art. However, classification in terms of size just does not make the cut.
While size does matter, we stand to miss the many nuances of art gallery categories if we were to focus on just one concern. So let’s begin.
The Vanity Art Gallery: What’s in Store?
The first kind of art gallery has the trappings of vanity. And that is why it is called simply just that: a vanity gallery. Vanity art galleries abound in great cities of the world such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, the contemporary art galleries in Vancouver, or Tokyo. And as you probably would have guessed, this kind of art gallery is sophisticated, spacious, and of course, well-known.
From the point of view of the artist, however, this kind of art gallery is the most expensive. If you are an artist born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you may be able to afford the rent that you will be charged for exhibiting your work. Otherwise, if you are a struggling painter or sculptor–you will probably need a wealthy backer or sponsor to get your art pieces showcased in a vanity art gallery.
The Amazing Perks of the Cooperative Art Gallery
There is a so-called cooperative or artist-run art gallery. It is definitely one of the best types of an art gallery. And that is primarily because compared to the previous type, the organization will not charge you an arm and a leg for your exhibition.
For an apostle of the arts who are still struggling to make both ends meet, the cooperative art gallery is like a breath of fresh air. However, take note, scheduling that one-man or one-woman show can take time because an entire artist colony may be in line! Additionally, be prepared to pay recurring fees as you are likely to be scheduled on a cyclic basis, which is a common arrangement in a cooperative art gallery.
Who Does Not Like a Non-profit Art Gallery
Many artists would stake their career for the opportunity. After all, it is time to rise and shine with all the accolades as well as recognition. The not-for-profit art gallery does not just pick an artist for an exhibition out of thin air.
The curator usually picks up the exhibitor based on referrals from award-giving bodies. That said, it might be hard to make a list unless you are already an artist in great standing. Also, some artists may have it planned all along to join the non-profit art gallery bandwagon.
Accordingly, these creative individuals could be working for years on getting this or that bursary or art grant. After all, it takes a lot of not just guts but elaborate orchestration to get an art gallery with the public’s financial backing. Take note, however, that the organization is highly likely to ask for half of the proceeds–which can be hefty, indeed for an artist who just made a name for his or herself.
Psssst: non-profits have mouths to feed, so-to-speak, and facilities to maintain. Since they rely a lot on donations, they may want to protect themselves from the fall in case your show does not make enough money. So the moral of the story with a non-profit art gallery? Be sure to cover all the bases if you do not want it to rain on your parade.
What’s Up With an Independent Art Gallery?
Well for sure, the owner of the art gallery will want a 50-50 sharing of the proceeds so be prepared for that. And especially if you do not like surprises. Independent owners of an art gallery do not have the luxury of offsetting the cost of an exhibition via donations or public funding, unlike the non-profits.
Despite the partners’ type of profit sharing, the independently owned art gallery often has an iconic following. This is akin to the small independent publisher in the writing industry. Welcome to the club! Going with the independent art gallery means that you have arrived because everyone seems to know you in the business and of course, the art scene. Feels good, doesn’t it?
That after that job is well done, you can literally hear your muse whisper to you that everything will be all right and that your exhibit in the art gallery will be a huge success. All this takes a lot of work,