On the weekends I like to depart from reviewing books to blog about other matters. Today, I'll share with you the details of putting together a solo exhibition. I have two solo exhibitions scheduled for this summer - one in New York and the other in Maine. The fun part was creating all the paintings (over 100) and the difficult part is all the rest. So, here's the "rest" -
Negotiate and sign the contract
Painting selection and inventory list
Photograph paintings for publicity and catalogue
Write and publish catalogue
Make certain the show is insured
Create a catchy title for the show
Create labels for the paintings
Modify hanging space, lighting, and wall color if necessary
Decide in what order to hang the paintings
Create publicity materials
Compile mailing list
Write Artist's Statement
Pack paintings for shipping
Double, triple check everything
Follow-up emails and phone calls to make certain everything is on track
Plan opening night reception
Prepare speech for opening night
For one show I sought and obtained a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts
And then there's all the bookkeeping for taxes and personal reasons
Did I leave something out?? Probably.
I'm doing all this for two shows right now while working on my new series of paintings for future shows. Recently, I told a friend that I need a personal assistant but can't afford to hire one. She recommended that I find a student intern from one of the local colleges. It's a great idea and I might look into it.
Exhausted? Yes. But, it's an nice problem to have.
Hope you have a more restful weekend!