Don't look for the bottom, there isn't one.
Dr Powell is in the house. Ha! Thanks Jennifer for this wonderful introduction, and also for your company on this Substack adventure. I'm not self-sustaining (yet) either, but being here has made me write more regularly and write exactly what I want to say rather than what convention requires me to say. And that's joyful.
On the ideas in your post today, sadly I think it is largely true what Martinez says that to be successful today 'is only partly about talent and determination and even more so about the artist’s ability to demand attention through their personality and story.' I wish it wasn't the case but particularly with the rise of video for promotion I wouldn't be at all surprised if vetting the artist's personality wasn't an unspoken factor for big commercial galleries.
This is just... heartbreaking. As an artist, at this point I feel like I cannot even orient one iota towards the art world. What's the point.
Truth. In reality it just affirms that I've kept my nose out of that commercial world for as long as I've considered myself an artist anyway. <3
There is so much worthy of paying attention to here, and so much work to be done in the larger arena, but at the moment I’m just sad for anyone who didn’t get the Janet Jackson reference.
This post is so spot on it is painful. Thank you, Jennifer, for continuing to be amazing and contributing so much to this insane world.