I'm going to speak in the second person here. I had a relationship with an extremely famous artist who will remain nameless. He had the best of Gallery representation. On 57th St. in NYC. The best of the best. But Galleries do only so much for an artist. The BEST artists always keep their eyes and ears open and are responsive to other ways of marketing themselves. He had the most famous private art press in the world and made beaucoup bucks off of that. He also taught at a major university here and in Florence. He was also amenable to taking Cash for his work under the table. I know because I have a good collection of his work. He was a great SELF promoter. That's what it's about and don't ever fool yourself that some big time gallery is in it for you-it's about what they can make off of you!
Best, Peter