I entered the art world years ago and noticed so many changes in trends and objectives. Years ago galleries' revenues came from sale of art and were obviously seeking art that can sell. In the last few years the galleries embarked on a new source of income - charging a fee for a show + commission from sale. This opened two sources of income for the galleries but made our lives as artists so much more difficult. This also created a situation in which you don't have to be a good artist in order to show your art as long as you can afford it. The big problem is that a talented artist with little means have very little chance to show his/her art in reputable galleries. Since we as artists had to accept the new approach by the galleries, we paid the fee galleries charged us for shows. The only way to avoid paying for shows is by showing our art in inferior venues such as schools, community centers, community art-fairs, etc. What intruges me very much is why would an artist pay $4,500.00 - $5,000.00 for a 5 day show. I am not writing this to complain or criticize artists, I am just trying to understand the logic behind such a huge fee for a show.
I invite all of you to share your opinion about this issue. I can promise you that I will always do my utmost to reduce the fees galleries charge us for International Biennale Artists. It is my deep conviction to enable emerging artists succeed.
Elisha Ben Yitzhak