Visiting an art gallery can seem overwhelming to the untrained eyes of individuals not related to the art world. This feeling is primarily based on the lack of knowledge of what to see and where to see it. People often give up trying to understand it because they either feel intimidated or just don’t get it. On the contrary, viewing art is one of the most educative and enjoyable sources of entertainment the city has to offer. Here is a compilation of things to consider before you plan your next trip to the art gallery.
Don’t go to the gallery on opening night if you want to focus on the art
If you truly appreciate the magnificence of art, art experts recommend skipping granted Thursday night gallery opening and instead visiting during a weekday. Why? It is typically because the gallery will be tightly packed into a hot gallery with no comfort and space to take time to interpret the paintings.
Do your research ahead of what you will be going to view
There are over hundreds of galleries spread across a city, and you want to make sure you are interested in what and which painting is on view and where it is located.
Do backgrounds research on the artist if the work is abstract and challenging
A look into the artist’s history, previous works along with what work will be on view, will allow you to engage with the art in a more in-depth and profound level of understanding.
Sketch your plan of action from location to transportation
Work out your geographic plan of action before you get out in search of art. Dropping pins on Google map or compiling a list on the calendar of your phone are recommended tips. Majority of the art galleries are closed on Monday. Transportation can be inconvenient if not planned, so check the condition of the traffic or train schedules.
Tend to bring a friend with a different taste in art
Determining an art partner in crime can serve a platform for an exchange of interesting dialogue and possibly change the perspective on how you view art.
Take advantage of the materials provided to you
Make sure to grab pamphlets piled up on the front desk as it enables you to learn more about the works on view. It is the back story of an artwork that makes it interesting, so don’t miss your opportunity to learn new facts.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
If you are drowning with questions, don’t hesitate to engage the art gallery staff as they are knowledgeable about the works and are there to help and guide you.