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Old 09-02-2006, 09:16 AM
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"Recent" work definition?


When a gallery is requesting images of recent work, what is usually acceptable as "recent"? Work completed in the past year? Past two years? Would three years be pushing it?

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Old 09-04-2006, 05:21 AM
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Re: "Recent" work definition?


For Painting, recent work is defined to my knowledge, as within the last 18 months to two years. As long as it is a series with the same theme or style. If the theme or style has changed permanently, most galleries do not want the old work.

Sculpture , as we all know, is notoriously slower to execute than painting. So from that perspective, you should get a little longer time frame than painting.

My perspective with sculpture is that anything produced within the last 3 years, that is in a recognizable series, is game. For instance, in my case any sculpture produced in the last three years that is abstract, vertical and implying movement is relevant for a gallery. Older pieces can also be relevent but on a case by case basis.

Hope this helps.

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Old 09-04-2006, 01:51 PM
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Re: "Recent" work definition?

I agree with Carl about 'recent' for a sculptor being perhaps the last three years -- if you work on pieces consecutively, you show regularly, and your style has changed.

However -- speaking as a stonecarver who works on several decade-spanning series concurrently and who has numerous works in progress at any point in time -- I would always consider 'recent' to include works of a series that have never been exhibited publicly and which are all harmonious stylistically. Works that don't exactly fit into those catagories might also be considered 'recent' as long as they have not been widely exhibited.

The gallery is concerned with a unified body of work that has not been exhibited before (or with very limited exhibition records), and that has a certain contemporaneity to it. Depending on your working habits, your style, and your output that covers quite a bit of territory.

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Old 09-15-2006, 07:43 PM
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Re: "Recent" work definition?

Many of my oil paintings as well as my sculptures take a year or more to finish. The receint span is as much as 3 years for me.
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