Artklub gallery, Nigeria

As astounding as this may seem, there's a structure and order to the art world, and to the gallery system in particular. It's a system that's been in place pretty much as long as buying and selling art has been around, and it's not about to change. So the quicker you learn the basics, the more time, effort, money and especially heartache you'll save when searching for galleries that are right for your art. The good news is that once you understand how things work, you can purposefully and effectively navigate your way through artland in order to get where you want to go, wherever that may be. Artists progress from show to show and gallery to gallery during the course of their careers in entirely orderly and predictable manners; nothing is random. There are always good reasons why certain artists and certain kinds of art end up at certain galleries, institutions, museums and other established art venues. Likewise, art careers progress and advance step-by-step, deliberately, incrementally and over extended periods of time. Sure, an occasional art star appears suddenly out of nowhere, but this is by far the exception rather than the rule. Even these occasional anomalies become orderly and predictable once the surprise wears off.

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