European art gallery at the Portland Art Museum. Image courtesy Portland Art Museum.
Art museums are great little worlds unto themselves. Each with a unique history and mission, but all with the purpose to share their art collections with the public.
Here are some recently added art museum profiles along with their job listings information.
- The Portland Art Museum in Portland Oregon opened to the public in 1892, and is the seventh oldest art museum in the United States.
- The Newport Art Museum in Newport, Rhode Island was established in 1912, and is the only museum to focus on the art and artists of Rhode Island.
- The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina was established in 1950.
Recently, several art sources such as Art Info announced that its long-term head of contemporary art, Tobias Meyer, will soon be leaving Sotheby's, where he was principal auctioneer.
Even though Meyer was employed at Sotheby's for over 20 years, and was responsible for several record-breaking sales, the pressure for the highly-respected auctioneer to snare coveted artworks to boost lagging sales had been too great. A penetrating article in Newsweek paints a picture of the immense strain Meyer suffered.
Arts professionals have been bemoaning this issue over the past few years - that the contemporary art scene is being usurped by high rollers, and that art is becoming more and more about money, and less and less about value.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in North Carolina. Image courtesy the Nasher Museum.
Art museums are great places to work in. Fine Art has recently added the following museum profiles to its growing database of art museums around the world. Besides providing the basic information such as mission, history, location and hours, the profiles include employment information and details on how to apply for a museum job.
Bowl, Iran, Late 12th-early 13th century, Persian. Fritware with opaque turquoise glaze and over-painted decoration, h x diam: 3 3/8 x 8 inches (8.57 x 20.32 cm). Image courtesy Nelson-Atkins Museum.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri is currently hosting Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Artists, an exhibition which features Islamic art from the 9th century to the 21st century. Only 28 works are on display but show the strong connections between tradition and the modern worlds.
Artists in the exhibition include international and U.S.-based artists, such as Shirin Neshat, Ahmed Mater, and Rashid Rana. Besides contemporary artworks such as photos and videos, the exhibition includes traditional ceramics, textiles, and miniature paintings. One notable work is by by artist Asheer Akram who made a Pakistani cargo truck in Kansas City and it is installed outside near the Bloch Building.
Shirin Neshat, 'Stories of Martyrdom', 1994, black and white RC print and ink,framed: 59 x 41 x 2 inches (149.86 x 104.14 x 5.08 cm). Image courtesy Nelson-Atkins Museum.
Learn more about the Nelson-Atkins Museum and check out their job listings.
Installation view of a Keith Haring exhibition at Musee d'Art Moderne on April 18, 2013 in Paris, France. Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images
Artist Keith Haring is one of the famous folk who attended School of Visual Arts in New York City. I also attended SVA, even though I am not famous.
Art school can help pave the way for various paths in the field of art, as art school helps introduce young art students to learn how to forge an art career. Recently I had the chance to interview Ismenia Molina who is the Employment Manager at SVA. She discusses the benefits of working in an art school, and the various types of jobs that are available.
Francis Bacon, 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' oil on canvas, 1969. Photo by Christie's Images Ltd via Getty Images
Francis Bacon's 1969 triptych, oil on canvas, titled 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' became a world-record when the painting sold for US $142.4 million during Christie's auction on November 12, 2013. The painting depicts the close relationship between the two painter friends.
This three-panel painting is now the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Its pre-sale estimate was US $85 million, and after a bidding war conducted in the packed auction house and on telephone, sold to the highest bidder whose identity was undisclosed.
However, according to an article in the Guardian, a Christie's expert stated that "collectors from Asia, Russia and the Middle East flush with cash were determined to assemble world-class collections featuring trophy works."
Learn more about working in art auction houses and developing your auction house career.
Mark Noble's seascape painting. Image courtesy the artist.
I'm a big fan of interviews, as I often learn a lot about a new subject. This month, I will post a variety of interviews with a wide range of arts professionals, working in various areas of the visual arts.
Recently, I interviewed UK-based artist Mark Noble who paints seascapes and creates weather-inspired pottery. Mark gives great advice to artists on how to establish their art careers in order to become successful artists.
Mark Noble's weather-inspired ceramics. Image courtesy the artist.
Samantha Katz wearing Google Glass. Image courtesy of Samantha Katz.
Arts entrepreneur Samantha Katz recently made headlines with her Google Glass project titled Gallery Glass. She used the wearable computer to interview a different artist each day during the month of September and posted the interviews online.
Besides interviewing artists, Samantha has had extensive experience in art organization and promotion. Fine Art interviewed Samantha via email, as she has sage advice for artists and curators on how to establish their art careers.
Interior of Tate Museum, Getty Images
If you live in the US and are looking for a job in an art museum, please check out the US art museum profiles section. Each profile provides basic information about the museum's mission, history, location and hours. However, in addition, each profile provides employment data such as the specific ways to apply for a job at each museum.
The database is gradually growing, and it is also searchable. So get started now, searching for a new job in a museum near you.
Here are some recently added profiles.
- Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ.
- Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, DE. Read the Fine Art at About.com interview with Winterthur's renowned art conservator Joyce Hill Stoner.
- Honolulu Museum of Art in Honolulu.
- Boise Art Museum in Boise, ID.
- Wichita Art Museum in Wichita, KS.
Artist Yayoi Kusama at her NY exhibition on November 7, 2013. Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images
Artist Yayoi Kusama attends her solo exhibition titled 'I Who Have Arrived In Heaven' at David Zwirner Art Gallery. Kusama was a contemporary of Andy Warhol in 1960s era New York, where she created performances and happenings.
As a young struggling artist in New York, Kusama maintained a correspondence with artist Georgia O'Keefe who mentored her.
Kusama now lives and works in Japan, and her sculptures, installations, and paintings are highly sought after by collectors.
Learn more about this interesting artist, in this profile of Yayoi Kusama.