How Did I Do It

As with press releases, horoscopes, and quite a few event newsletters that have popped out within the last years, self-improvement guides are practically useless. However, paraphrasing its title from a brief series of interviews with start-up multimillionaires in the Easyjet in-flight magazines, we will try and address all the milestone issues in an artist’s life.

  • by Despina Stokou, 14 Aug 2015
    I have been waiting my whole life for someone to say something, or me to think of something, which will make everything else after that crystal clear. The one thruth. The secret. It has not happened yet. These are the advices, that have nevertheless stayed with me over the years. They might not be Oscar speech...
  • by Despina Stokou, 12 Aug 2015
    I did not need to wait until the moment my UBER driver informed me I have a "bad passenger score," to realize everything in this contemporary version of reality is about RATINGS and where these place us in comparison to others. Anybody who has lived in New York knows that life is not about becoming a better...
  • by Despina Stokou, 27 Nov 2013
    While no professional relationship is easy, rosy or all good ( and why should they) the artist-gallerist relationship can be particularly strained. Mostly because the contracts are written on dollar bills with champagne ink and it is very hard to decipher who is the boss, who owes who and how much exactly. A 50-50% of...
  • by Despina Stokou, 2 Sep 2013
    Imagine you finally get invited to the Venice Biennale and you end up in this mess, in the upper left corner no less….That is what I thought about Sgarbi’s (mostly) painting cluster Arte no est Cosa Nostra, which appalled the art world in the Italian pavilion of the Venice Biennal two years ago. That was...
  • 2012, Cool Things, acrylic, string, pencil on canvas, 260 x 195cm
    by bpigs team, 10 Jul 2013
    We asked Cyrus Smith, the young Canadian Artist we have followed through his Kunsthalle Waiting line -Dante macht Kunst-  to describe his experience at the Speed Portfolio Viewing event last Sunday. Here it goes:   Cyrus Smith and Lily Khositashvii As an artist, any opportunity to show your work to an...
  • by Despina Stokou, 26 Jun 2013
    A few success story-lines I run after him screaming.“I am not a cop! I am not a cop! It took me a while to convince him to come in the gallery. A few weeks later I got him in a group show. People loved it!…First Time he ever sold art… He is covering his face. No, he uses an alias. He does not want...
  • by Despina Stokou, 16 Apr 2013
    Art fair season is upon us- the jet set, the name-dropping, the price-rising, the suspense, the champagne, the parties, the networking, the CELEBRITIES. Amongst the glamour, the VIPS, Eva&Adele, and the Press, there is a little army of Nobodies circling the booths like moths the light...Artists Anonymous. ...
  • by Cyrus Smith, 8 Apr 2013
    In the ongoing "How Did I do It" Series we will get artists to talk about their experiences while pursuing "the dream" of an artistic career. Canadian Cyrus Smith talks about the waiting in line outside the Kunsthalle project last week.  What would you do for a 2meter square spot on the wall...
  • by Despina Stokou, 5 Feb 2013
    As with press releases, horoscopes and quite a few event newsletters that have popped out the last years, self-improvement guides are practically useless. Unlike press releases, I flip through “success manuals” religiously, but whether on purpose or by accident they never NEVER deliver the information they...

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