I continually get emails from people or companies who profess to publish a book to showcase up and coming artists worldwide.
I have to say I generally archive them immediately either with or without even reading them and I wondered if I was the only one to do this or if I am missing out on something here?
Most of these emails specify that you have to pay for your pictures to be put in this book (what a surprise) but that only the best artists are selected. They also say that it is distributed widely and your artwork will be displayed alongside well known artists!
Maybe I am a cynic (actually I am definitely a cynic) but they just seem to be a bit of a money making scheme for the people involved as far as I can see.
Has anyone actually taken up any of these offers? Do you think they are genuine? Am I being too harsh?!
Here are just a few of the examples of ‘offers’ I have had. To be honest I have deleted a whole load more:
Art book “Art market and successful contemporaryart” published from MAMAG Modern Art Museum and Gallery
MAMAG Modern Art Museum publish next year the art book “Art market and successful contemporary art” with the book presentation and exhibition opportunity in October 2018 at the fair in Frankfurt with about 270,000 visitors and more than 10,000 journalists. The fair also includes exhibitors such as MOMA New York, the artnet, the GOOGLE Culture Institute, the Van Gogh Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).
2016 was the main speaker at the show David Hockney.
You have the opportunity to be published alongside the big names such as Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Georg Baselitz and many other amazing artists.
Only 10 artists from the MAMAG Modern Art Museum / PAKS Gallery will be exhibited with the work of art. Of 10 places are 8 already reserved.
World Wide Art Books international art anthologies have become one of the most authoritativeart resources of our time. Used by collectors, gallery owners, art consultants, interior designers, curators and other art professionals all over the world, each title published by World Wide Art Books comes out once a year.
We are now accepting submissions for the following titles:
Current Masters 3 – End 2017
International Contemporary Masters Volume 12 – Spring 2018
Important World Artists Volume 3 – Autumn 2018
Current Masters Volume 4 – End 2018
International Contemporary Masters Volume 13 – Spring 2019
Each book is a large luxury museum-quality publication and presents the work of approximately 100 artists. All genres of contemporary art are included, and every medium that can be depicted on a printed page: painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, digital art, installations, collage, and others.
International Contemporary Artists is a series of juried artist books, aiming to offer a new and effective venue to emerging and established artists, through which they’ll introduce their work to a serious international audience of art professionals.
This publication presents all two- and three- dimensional media. In each high quality volume of the book we feature approximately 250 artists, who have been selected by professional curators. All the selected artists will be presented in the book with one full-color page that includes 2 images, contact information, and a brief artist statement.
International Contemporary Artists will be received by 1.200 galleries and curators in the U.S and in Europe as well.
PRESENTS THE MOST OF YOUR WORKS IN THE ART WORLD
JOIN THIS NEW PUBLISHING INITIATIVE OF PRESTIGE
Web Site– Add 4 of your best works to be published in the Catalogue
– Will be distributed to 40 among the most important Italian Art Galleries
– Also realized as E-book visible and downloadable worldwide
– The film of the Catalogue will be placed on YouTube
Should artists have to pay to put their work in books? Does anyone of any interest in the art world actually see these books? If someone was publishing a book called “Important World Artists” I would expect them to go out and find the people they think are indeed important world artists!
I’m interested in other people’s opinions on this and possible experiences. I just can’t see how putting your pictures in a book can do anything other than line the pockets of the people involved.