These are samplings of the works which sold during or after publication in PoetsArtists, OCHO and iARTistas.
I am not claiming that these artworks sold because I published them but I am saying that having been featured and receiving exposure in the various print, digital and online formats we offer may have contributed to a wider audience and ultimately if not subliminally a sale. We had four group shows this year one at Sirona Fine Art curated by Victoria Selbach which had the most sales. We had two shows at Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. One show at Zhou was curated by Ryan Shultz and the other by Sergio Gomez and myself. During ART BASEL week in Miami we had an exhibition at Yeelen Art Gallery which received much exposure including The New York Times.
What I know about the sales is just as important as what I don't know. For example I know that three sales came in even before the work went to print because I send the PDFs of all my publications to Howard Tullman sometimes before I am even done with the issue because I am excited for him to see what new works I am publishing. Tim and Suzanne Smith from Sirona Fine Art had a huge impact this year for us. The show at Sirona Fine Art "THE ARTIST's GAZE" curated by Victoria Selbach was in the works a little over a year before the show took place. I had asked Victoria to curate an issue and she wanted to also have a physical show to along with it. Tim and Suzanne stepped up to the plate. The show was featured in American Art Collector (thank you for interviewing us Nicki Escudero) and other magazines. We had works by Alyssa Monks, Ryan Shultz, Aleah Chapin, Stephen Wright, Cesar Santos, Jason Yamorsky and many more.
I also know that most of the works which sold are of women and by women mostly because the artwork we lean to publish in PoetsArtists is figurative, realism and portraiture. I am very proud of this aspect of my publishing. Giving an audience to women and minorities is very important to me for I myself fall under this category.
I don't know who many of the collectors of these artworks are for many are private and some sales came in months after the work was published. Some were sold through the artist directly and some through the artist's galleries and/or other shows the works later were featured in. If we don't know where a sale comes from is just as important as knowing where a sale does comes from because giving your work an audience is crucial. When you post your work online such as Facebook make it clear that it is available whether through your gallery or not. Mention it has been published or been in an exhibition or it was mentioned online in an article. Give credit to those venues who are helping your art career. It gives validation to your artwork.
I'd like to thank the following guest curators, artists and editors who were instrumental in my publishing the volume of work we did including Ryan Shultz, Victoria Selbach, F. Scott Hess, John Seed, Daena Title, Sergio Gomez, Daniel Maidman, Karla Ferguson, Tim and Suzanne Smith and finally Frank Bernarducci for editing the Realism Issue. Having another eye choose what works to publish and different themes helps bring diversity to our publications. On the Poetry side we had Matthew Hittinger, Grace Cavalieri, Steven Mills, Sarah Blake and Emma Trelles. I'd like to thank everyone who was involved in overseeing and honoring the works we published this year. I'd also like to thank our thriving GOSS183 community for looking out for each other and encouraging fellow artists and poets in continuing their creative efforts.