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How to succeed in art without relying on 'the art world'

John McAllister has adoring collectors and sold-out shows but not institutional support

John McAllister's art sells for about US$20,000 for a small painting, US$30,000 for a midsize work, and US$70,000 for a massive piece. Despite the sold-out shows of yore, his art has never once sold at auction, and his collectors rarely ask Mr Fuentes to resell their works.

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AT Miami's NADA art fair, which closed on Dec 10, the booths are small and the aisles narrow, which means galleries do their utmost to set themselves apart. So it was unusual to see paintings by the same artist - John McAllister, a Louisiana-born, Massachusetts-based artist -...

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