In order for the majority of visual artists to maintain lasting art career success, a growing base of direct buying art collectors is recommended. As the art business experiences market gyrations and disruptions, you will find certain traditional venues are fading while new ways to sell art are brought into the mix.
Some of the changes artists face today include:
Dwindling gallery numbers.
Fear of another financial meltdown.
Changing consumer-buying habits.
Growth of online shopping.
Cheap, sometimes exact knockoff, imports.
Increased use of windows in residential design reduces wall art space.
Art Galleries still matter.
To be clear, while there are fewer galleries, this does not diminish their importance in connecting artists and collectors, or in their ability to influence tastes in art buying. As such, it remains a smart move for most artists to include gallery representation in their diversified distribution methods
From: BARNEY DAVEY