Art vs. Business. The contention has been called the eternal conflict of the art practitioner and represents a paradox I see all the time, either in my own artistic ventures or in other artists’ that I’m surrounded by.
The key to success seems to lie in the answer to the question: How do you market your art without risking artistic authenticity? How do you sell without selling out? I’ll disclaim right now that I don’t have a concrete answer–but I don’t think that anybody does. This is because there’s a natural tension between expressing oneself completely, critics and consumers be damned, and creating a piece to fit a mold.