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The Artist's Curse | On Being An Artist: Navigating The Art Market And The Art World





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"The Artist's Curse | Cure" is a guide for artists looking to master their craft and make a living from their work. This book provides an engaging and informative read full of insights to get the creative career off the ground. Sabella gives readers a motivational course on living off art, navigating the complex self and the art world through a series of interconnected micro-narratives, tips, and focused short analyses.

With more than thirty years of experience in the art world, Sabella shares his secrets and learning process with readers in an easy-to-follow yet powerful way. This book is divided into 365 curses, covering topics such as creating and selling artwork, learning artistic and mental skills, on purpose & essence, the value of art, on artistic freedom, the artist's block, validation and recognition, networking, on the art career and much more. The dynamic design further adds to the alchemy of the book, making it an engaging read for art lovers. 

This book is for artists who want a better foundation for their careers providing insight and inspiration to help make a living by creating the art you love and staying true to your soul.

The Artist's Curse covers the following themes:

On Creating & Creation

On Being An Artist 

On Navigating The Self

On The Art Market

On Inspiration & Getting Inspired

On Developing Artistic & Mental Skills

On The Art World 

On Patrons, Collectors & Collecting Art

On the Value of Art

On Purpose & Essence

On Imagination

On Validation & Recognition

On Copyright & Legalities 

On The Art Career

On The History of Art

On Art Exhibitions & Art Fairs 

On Auction Houses

On Art Sale Channels

On Art Marketing 

On Galleries, Museums & Institutions

On Art Management 

On The Artwork's Image & On Looking 

On Education

On Organization  

On The Artist Studio 

On The Artist's Block 

On & Towards Artistic Freedom

On The Artist's Ego

On & Towards Mastership

This is precisely what students need in their courses and lives. I will have so much more to go on to recommend this book for reading lists in all the colleges I visit as an Open University validator and to all the students and teachers I know.

Andy Golding
Former director MA Photographic Studies, University of Westminster

Precious lessons for everyone who wants to enter or is already in the art world. Steve makes you feel less lonely by sharing personal stories and transforming them into a cure for your curse.

Stella Pizzato
online review

For artists and anyone delving into the artistry of life—what Germans call Lebenskünstler—Steve Sabella’s The Artist’s Curse—or Cure—is a visionary guide to navigate our tumultuous world and the creative process. No small feat! With attention given to each page of wisdom in word and design, this essential day-by-day manifesto is a profound work of art in and of itself.

Christa Bruhn
Author of Crossing Borders: The Search for Dignity in Palestine

Fascinating book. A creative style and pertinent narrative. The author aptly and smartly condenses facts, relevant information, guidance, and advice. An immersive insightful book which captures the essential elements, features , protagonists of the contemporary arts world from the artist perspective.

Naila Sabra
online review

A must read for all artists. A gem of a book for all artists to smash up any negative thoughts on the sometimes painful creative process.

Lisa Wharton
Artist. Online Review

The design makes this book approachable and you can browse any page to find something interesting to read. You will feel much better about your creativity and what to do with it. Highly recommended.

Giovanni Pasqua
online review

The Artist's Curse, Cure" is a game-changer for artists! This book is like a buddy that's got your back in the crazy art world. Thank you Steve Sabella for such rare honesty in the art world. As an artist, you need this book. It's like a shot of confidence for your creativity.

online review

The author addresses the artistic process with relevance and in 360 degrees, but not only. Not being an artist myself, I read daily lessons to understand LIFE in these 'curses'.

Anissa Salah
Online review

The reader's experience is enriched by fresh discoveries relating to the art world, expressed in a sincere way.

Lily F. Bullata
Online review

This Week In Palestine

Book of The Month

This literary gem offers an unparalleled exploration of the art world, providing invaluable insights and empowering advice to artists of all levels. The Artist’s Curse is a game-changer, a true gem in the realm of artistic literature. It instills confidence, empowering artists to embrace their unique creative voice while navigating the often daunting art world. Sabella’s rare honesty and genuine desire to uplift his readers make this book a must-read for anyone seeking to make a living from their art and embark on a fulfilling creative journey.




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