Every sale is a minor miracle: the business of buying and selling art

Galleries and artists from around the country and overseas will come together in the coming weeks to display their works at art fairs in Sydney and Melbourne. Diana Carroll looks at what motivates people to buy art and how the business of buying and selling art is changing.

John Aslanidis, Sonic Network No. 11 (detail), 2012 Commissioned through the Maxwell and Merle Carroll Bequest. Art Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne. This and other works will be featured as part of the Art, Place & Space Tour as part of Melbourne Art Week.

For any professional artist, an outbreak of red dots on the wall of their show is a great feeling. It means people like your work enough to part with their hard-earned cash in order to take it home, and it’s another important step on the journey from art student to practitioner; practitioner to professional; professional to celebrated artist and (hopefully) art icon. But it can be hard to find buyers and collectors for your work at any step along the way.

Unlock Padlock Icon

Like this content?

Become a Member and unlock unlimited Access today

Dr Diana Carroll
About the Author
Dr Diana Carroll is a writer, speaker, and reviewer based in Adelaide. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines including the SMH, the Oz, Woman's Day, and B&T. Writing about the arts is one of her great passions.