Art is your life. Make it your living.

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Art world insight in bite-size stories.
By Susan J Mumford and Chris King

“Like the rest of Be Smart About Art’s work, Susan Mumford’s weekly blog takes a fresh, down-to-earth approach to the business of art. Always a great read, it answers the vital questions that you didn’t even know you wanted to ask.”

Ivan Macquisten
Writer, art market analyst and pundit, campaigner, collector, blogger, former Editor of the Antiques Trade Gazette

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The art world is notoriously shrouded in mystery. Fear not, for in Art is Your Life. Make it Your Living., Susan Mumford lifts the veil, story by story, each based on a real-life problem or dilemma. The first two years’ worth of stories from a popular, entertaining and visually-compelling blog have been compiled into a book that will entertain and inform industry insiders at all stages, as well as curious outsiders.

The photographs by Chris King that accompany each piece have, over time, become part and parcel of the weekly edition. Over time, the visual element became synonymous with the written text, notably with the champagne-in-the-bathtub photograph that accompanied the story, The Art World: A champagne lifestyle? The series has been a whirlwind journey of discovery for both author and photographer. The visual compilation presented here will strike a chord with individuals who harbour a passion for writing or photography.

“The blog is personal and engaging. I feel that the personal advice that Be Smart About Art brings is not only very useful, but is well researched and addresses important subjects. All of these are very important to note for a safe and successful career pathway.”

Neil Lawson-Baker
Chairman and CEO of The Chichester Art Trust and The National Open Art Competition

“Entertaining, clear and hugely helpful to anyone in the world of contemporary art.”

Anita Klein, artist