Artplode is a website which sells artworks at 0% commission it, rather than sticking a percentage on the end of a sale, charges a one off fee to hold the work on their site. The site was founded by Maureen McCarthy who for twenty years worked as an agent for the publishing arm of the John Lennon estate. She created artplode when she identified a gap in the market because of the "absurd rates of commission charged by auction houses to resell art" not only that but the fact that the is the "outrageous . . . practice of some art sales websites requiring artists to sign an exclusivity agreement" so the artist is selling to a limited market.
we here at Annotation Magazine think that McCarthy has hit the nail on the head. The limiting of an artist to publicise there own work by the creation of such an agreement must surely limit the artists ability to sell. So that is why we here at Annotation ask for no money to publicise artists, writers, poets and all others work and in fact hope to be able to pay those artists back for their belief in us. Artplode is now a year old and has all sorts of art available from the unknown artist to Andy Warhol. The site is well worth a visit and we wish not only artplode but all those who sail in her the best of luck.
The second site that has caught my eye this week is EARLY WORK aiming to introduce you to "Pablo before Piccasso". This site aims to introduce the world to the young, and maybe not so young, artist coming out of the various arts courses and universities. It is exclusively reserved for students and recent graduates providing an online platform for the sale of work which they may find hard to get into the public eye through more mainstream channels. These young artists will have the ability to 'control their creativity independently from the very beginning of their career, all based on fair economic considerations' and who can say fairer than that.
As for us here at Annotation Magazine we have started to receive submissions for the first edition and a very long editorial meeting is long over due with Rik over at Water Closet Press. Don't forget to submit work, we take all sorts, the more the merrier.
Well guess I had better get back to that article for my PHd and another pot of green tea.