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Etiquette for Artful Living

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Dear Babs, I’m thinking about leaving the U.S. and moving to Berlin because this country is about to…
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HOW MANY TIMES? PAINTING IS NOT DEADDear Babs, I’ve been noticing more and more galleries focusing on figurative paintings. As a painter myself who has…
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SOLD! (NOT!)Dear Babs, In my art practice, I gravitate toward using ephemeral media and creating installations. Sometimes my work deals with “difficult” subject matter. Do…
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UNDEREXPOSED Dear Babs, I’m a 16-year-old artist currently living in Austin and I was wondering are there any opportunities to showcase my art? I truly…
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A DAY AT THE MUSEUMDear Babs, I would like to know if the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has turned into an elitist institution…
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Is it a gallery or a museum? It's all so confusing!

BIGGER IS BETTERDear Babs, I went to the inaugural opening of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel here in Los Angeles. Seeing the sheer magnitude of the…
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OLDIE BUT NOT GOODIEDear Babs, Why are gallerists and curators so obsessed with seeing artists’ very newest works? I like some of the work I’ve…
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ROCK AND ROLL IS FOR THE BIRDSDear Babs, What do you think about using live animals in an artwork? I recently went to a museum…
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Thirsty and SoberDear Babs, I’m an artist. I want to succeed. I don’t drink. I’m in AA. Every art opening I go to has booze….
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Talent and Revisionism

Got Talent?Dear Babs, I painted this one week in 1969 and have barely lifted a brush since. Should I take it up again?  —Will, Los…
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Exposure: Etiquette for Artful Living

UNDEREXPOSEDDear Babs, Please help me. I am currently living in a desolate land and deprived of adequate art exposure (and God knows how I love…
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Dear Babs, I’ll be getting out of the Army soon and was thinking about going back to school for an MFA. If I don’t apply…
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Dear Babs, I’m an art student about to graduate with a BFA in photography at one of the best art schools in the Los Angeles…
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Dear Babs, Is there a “best” way to get paint off a cat?—Jim, Los AngelesDear Jim, Firstly, you didn’t specify if the paint was oils…
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