Art, Death & Taxes

Art, Death & Taxes unpacks the art world’s greatest taboo: money. Eight acclaimed artists explore the economics of their practice, peeling back the curtain on all the work that goes into the work.

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Episodes Season 1

  • 1. The Complicated Topic of Business

    Celebrated illustrator, visual artist, and educator Anita Kunz uses a rejected New Yorker cover to examine what artists should consider when pricing their work.

  • 2. Levelling Up

    After completing his largest architectural sculpture to date, “Kumbi Saleh 3020 CE,” visionary Lego sculptor Ekow Nimako reflects on the tension between levelling up and staying true to your vision.

  • 3. Cash or Credit

    Meg Remy, the multi-dimensional musician behind U.S. Girls, reflects on two very different tours: a solo excursion by Greyhound bus and a trek across Europe with a nine-piece band.

  • 4. The Art of Collaboration

    In a surprise even to herself, Sanaz Mazinani found herself managing a global supply chain to create her eye-popping lenticular prints. Turns out: pros and cons!

  • 5. No Buffer

    Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken, the dynamic duo of devised physical theatre, open up about how they produced their smash hit play “Mouthpiece” - for only $8,000

  • 6. Moving Beyond Bankruptcy

    Meghan McKnight tells the story of her first solo show and discusses the financial risks that she took on to sustain her practice, eventually leading her to file for bankruptcy.

  • 7. Giving Back

    Victoria Mata explores how she and her team prioritized ethical engagement with collaborators in the process of mounting “Cacao: A Venezuelan Lament,” the biggest production of her career as a choreographer.

  • 8. The Trials of Self-Publishing

    Toronto cartoonist and illustrator Eric Kostiuk Williams talks about self-publishing his debut comic series “Hungry Bottom Comics,” and the compromises he’s made to do what he loves.

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