The Art of Making It

From the producer of the Emmy-nominated “The Price of Everything”, a film about who gets seen and who gets left behind in today’s seductive, secretive and unregulated art world. The film follows a diverse group of compelling young artists on the brink of unimaginable success or failure as they challenge systems, break barriers and risk it all with the goal of making it in an industry where all the rules are currently being rewritten.

2021 | Running Time: 1 hour 34 minutes | Rating: NR

Against the backdrop of a culture in crisis, THE ART OF MAKING IT follows a diverse cast of young artists at defining moments in their careers to explore whether the art world ecosystem meant to nurture them is actually failing them. Are we at risk of losing the creative voices of a new generation as universities, galleries, and museums are facing cataclysmic changes? Or are we on the verge of rewriting history, expanding access, and making art more accessible for all as outdated models are being rethought? Embracing the conundrum of how artists must be in the market, but not of it, THE ART OF MAKING IT is both a cautionary tale about what America stands to lose if we don’t rethink how we value artists, and a love letter to those who persevere in their artistic practice in spite of the extraordinary odds against ever achieving a sustainable career.Director: Kelcey Edwards; Producers: Alison Berg, Debi Wisch, Susan Norget

“Most excellent documentary… eye-opening in a way that cannot be ignored”


“One of the most majestic and unexpected films about the secret life of art”

Jerry Saltz, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

“An important film for today, showing the good and bad sides of the art world… Must-see!”

Marina Abramovic, Legendary Performance Artist