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Friday Nov 04, 2005

Acceptance or Approval

The more you know about how art-savvy, or not, the looker is the better you can handle both acceptance and rejection.

In their book, Art & Fear, David Bayles and Ted Orland write: “The difference between acceptance and approval is subtle, but distinct. Acceptance means having your work counted as the real thing; approval means having people like it.”

In one case, an artist might do well with public approval, but critical acclaim and acceptance elude him; or the reverse might be the case. But critical acceptance is no guarantee of success with the public either.