What are the rules of etiquette for the art world?


One of the authors says: ‘I had once imagined a comprehensive book of etiquette that would include precise instructions for navigating every conceivable social situation with absolute confidence.’ Well, this book is perhaps not the one but it has its moments. Here a small selection of advices (the first one sounds pretty bizarre, I admit):  


 If you’re a skinny artist, be clean and neat. If you’re a fat artist, be crazy looking and disheveled. Not sure why, but this seems to work best. Ryan Steadman

 It’s important to create the illusion that it’s not a business and that your relationship do not exist to serve your career. Anonymous

Don’t let on that you want something from someone – this makes the person who is wanted from uncomfortable – better to let them suggest it.  Anonymous

Bad manners = bad memory. Also, aggressive “networking” = bad manners. Pretending not to engage in “networking”, while “networking” = bad manners. Jessica Slaven

…when conversation flags, introduce new topics in alphabetical order. Anonymous

If you’re an artist, critic, or curator, someone will inevitably ask you what you’re working on. It’s good to have either two projects that can be mentioned briefly, or one project that can be mentioned in more depth.. Andrew Berardini

It is really hard to do this without sounding cynical – there are so many art worlds out there that it is hard to reflect on rules that apply to all – every event or opening or lecture presents a different art world. Anonymous

Always go unseen. Richard Ryan

I like your work: art and etiquette, edited by Paper Monument