New York Stories-looking for an art gallery

Looking for an art gallery

I somehow finagled my way into sitting down with a gallery director on 57th Street in New York City when I first decided that I wanted to be represented by an art gallery. I showed him my slides and he gave me a very interesting piece of information that I have used now for almost twenty years.

What he told me was that art galleries want twenty slides all of a similar subject matter, all in the same style, all done within one to two years and all available. Art galleries were not interested in seeing that an artist could do a wide range of either subject matter or styles. The art gallery wanted to look at a set of slides and envision exactly what a one-person show could be like.

I never learned this in art school or from any artist. When I talk to young artists this is big news, so it’s definitely a piece of information that’s worth passing on!

Artists and Websites

Artist’s websites can be hard to find

It really does bother me that when you look on the Web for artists’ websites, established artists’ websites can be very hard to find.

I understand that the Web makes many establish artists nervous. Often established artists will create a website when they are “between galleries”. Once that happens, artists begin to see how incredibly effective an artist’s website can be!

Having an artist’s website is so much fun

Having an artist’s website is fun. First of all it’s like having a one person show 24/7!! That’s pretty cool! Second of all anyone, anywhere in the world can and does look at your art on your website! How Amazing is that!!

The first month I had my website I’d check to see who visited it, and I was amazed that people from Chile, Japan, Australia, Lithuania, Spain–almost every country in the world came for a visit any time of day or night! Wow!

I found a really great young lady to help me design my artist’s website. At first I was really nervous, but then it became really exciting. I just couldn’t believe that my art work was up there on the World Wide Web for anyone to see!!

For the art world, the Web really is changing the way people look and experience art

The Web really is changing the way people look and experience art. The Web really is like having Walmart or Home Depot come to town. There will always be bricks and mortar art galleries, but they are gradually loosing their effectiveness, except for those art galleries who have a strong web presence. That’s why it’s so important that every artist has his or her own website.

I wrote a four part series called “Art, Artists and the Web” to make it a little less scary for artists who want to create websites. It tells you just about everything you’d want to know. It’s an article that I wish I had had when I was designing my artist’s website.

You can find it on Mary Baker Art (, or click on the “Art, Artist’s and the Web” link under “Articles” on the right side of this art blog.

Contemporary Realism–Defined

People often ask me what exactly is “Contemporary Realism” in painting.

Contemporary Realist Artists paint straightforward subject matter. It can be tightly rendered or have a more academic approach, but what they all do in obvious or subtle ways is incorporate the compositions and structure of Modern Art.

The description of “Realism” at the Open Directory Project–dmoz, ( is terrific:

“Realism in the visual arts began as a 19th-century style and depicts people, objects and events in a manner considered accurate or true to life. It began as a reaction to the idealistic approach of romanticism.”

Dmoz’s definition of Contemporary Realsim is also great:

“Contemporary Realism is a subtle combination of straightforward, traditional, representational painting with Modernist concepts. It differs from “Classical Realism” which is romantic in nature and does not reference concepts of Modern Art, and “Photorealism” which is often ironic and conceptual in nature.”