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Art Galleries and Contemporary

Places where art is exhibited and sometimes sold to make a profit of some kind are called art galleries. The difference between an art gallery and an art museum are simple. An art gallery is a place where art is displayed for the purpose of it being sold to make money. An art museum is a place where the most famous art in the world hangs, and it is not for sale. Selling art is the primary function of an art gallery because it needs the profit from any sale to thrive. Throughout New York, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Maybe it is within the walls of the DCKT Contemporary Gallery, where everything is unique.

A gallery exhibits art for the enjoyment of others, with the added bonus of being able to purchase their favorite pieces when the exhibit concludes. This means that the gallery changes frequently, depending on how often shows are conducted. A gallery often puts together a show based on the work of one individual artist with the option of work from other artists put together. Visual art is the most common form shown in a gallery, with paintings being the most popular. Artists who are sculptors or photographers are able to display their work as well. Unlike museums, galleries typically collect a commission from each piece that is sold. Rarely is admission charged, although there are some galleries that prefer to do things that way. Sometimes artists are supported by grants, and they are able to win awards and prizes. The Guggenheim Museum in New York presents the Hugo Boss award every other year to an artist or a group of artists working in any place anywhere. Hugo Boss clothing company sponsors this by presenting the winner or winners with a $100,000 check.

Contemporary art is a term used to describe the modern era of art. Though there is speculation, it is thought that art developed since World War II until present day is considered contemporary art. There is no reference to a specific style of art when discussing contemporary art. It is exhibited in many ways. There are contemporary art galleries, publicly funded arts organizations, contemporary art museums, or by the artists themselves. Most contemporary art galleries are found grouped together in certain districts of bigger cities, although medium sized cities are known to have one or two galleries for local artists. Corporations are becoming more and more a part of the contemporary art world by organizing and sponsoring local art galleries, and even displaying some inside their own walls.

An Art Gallery Analysis

One of my projects in my university art class was to visit an art gallery and organize an analysis of the gallery as well as to select one artist’s work which is on display. I was to discuss the merits of that selected work of art for all to see. As you drive towards the ocean, east of Lewis Delaware, you encounter a quaint little art gallery on your left with a full size sign above the gallery reading, “Peninsula Gallery”. After parking at 520 Savannah Road and entering the shop, you first encounter the friendly owners and operators, Carol and Tony Boyd-Heron. Both of these individuals are very knowledge in the field of art and in particular those clients with whom they represent.

The gallery is composed of four major sections, the main gallery with its general selection of art work, a separate featured artist exhibit area and two business sections for building frames and art restoration. On entering the gallery I was at first disappointed for I had expected the business to be larger than what it actually was. I felt it was unusually small however in all fairness; there were some unique and interesting paintings on the walls from some of Delaware’s outstanding local artists. I saw some harbor scenes in acrylic painted by Tara Funk Grime. Her works appealed to my whimsical nature however, my goal was to review the work of Frank Schoonover who was scheduled for an exhibit at the gallery between February 2nd and the 28th. Unfortunately, the paintings for Mr. Schoonover had not arrived at the gallery as of the time of my arrival.

Being somewhat of an artist myself, I inquired about the lack of any sort of modern styles of art being displayed in the gallery. In response, Mr. Boyd-Heron informed me that the studio’s customers who frequent the gallery were more conventional in their taste; therefore most contemporary art work was usually not available. Being a small gallery there were no specific tools in place to guide one to any significant displays. In lieu of a central focal point, I would have to state that if any art were of exceptional value above the others, it would likely be those which occupy the front display areas. These are the first works viewed as you enter the gallery.

I continued to take a short walk through the main section of the gallery and alternately chanced upon the works of Howard Eberle. I previously had never viewed any of this gentleman’s art. Although Mr. Eberle’s watercolor compositions were generally simple seascape scenes, he produced some very dramatic paintings with solid perspective and firm form. The longer I gazed at his art work the more appreciative I was to his style. His use of simple humble objects produced a spontaneous freshness in his composition and hinged closely to an abstract style. Even Mr. Eberle refers to his particular painting style as “abstract realism”. Viewing his work for any length of time provides a new found peacefulness for one’s soul.

Several of his art works feature such common objects as weather vanes, an old abandoned rocking chair, a badly weathered rowboat or other objects often overlooked by the non-artist eye. In his art we can view empty deck chairs as if they are inviting us to sit and observe the ocean from which it faces all within a type of surreal environment.

Much of his projects feature strong shadow textures and a certain amount of graphical influence perhaps as a result of his heavily inspired architectural background. I was very impressed by his use of lights and shadows to project a sense of time into the paintings.

Although Mr. Eberlie has several excellent works of art that I could select to analyze and discuss I have managed to break down my selection to one only. I will talk about his watercolor painting referred to as “Sunset Bay”.

This small painting is less than two feet by three feet, but packs an abundance of artistic strengths in its small package. It sits on the wall with other works from Eberlie’s collection of art. The only identifying data for the art work is a small card attached to the wall indicating the artist’s name. I was forced to do additional research in order to identify the piece of art accurately and place a specific name upon it.

As with keeping with the artist’s practice of simplicity we see white sand based against a receding sun. The horizon is clearly shown, indicating by both color and light that evening has approached. The darkness of the chair in the foreground reveals not only a measure of shadow but a sharp contrast against the lighter shades of the painting. The design aspects of the piece fit together perfectly and provide the observer with a feeling of closure and balance.

When I view this work of art I am first impressed at how my eyes are drawn into the declining sun on the horizon. The straight lines associated with the solid chair compliment the roundness we see in the fading sun. Both horizontal and vertical lines blend together in harmony while the artist has successfully transferred a feeling of calm with his weak and light shadowy effect. These cold black shadows of the chair contrast perfectly with the warm skylight shades. We can not view this painting without realizing how Eberlie has maintained an abundance of space on his canvas yet has overlapped that space with firm, solid objects with accurate proportions.

As we look at “Sunset Bay” we realize how often we have been in this particular scene without appreciating the full impact of what we were seeing. I have frequently taken my own folding lawn chair and visited the coastal towns along the Delaware shore and sat calmly at the edge of the ocean listening to the waves and hearing the gulls above while watching the distant sun go down slowly beyond the horizon. To do so, reveals a calm life at the shore with no human intervention other than me and Mother Nature. I truly have to thank Mr. Eerlie for bring back so many fine memories of my past years.

Tips to Submit Art to an Art Gallery

HOW TO APPROACH AN ART GALLERY WITH YOUR ARTWORK:

So, now that you have built up a collection of artworks, you may be dreaming about being showcased in an art gallery. This might seem a little daunting because artists are usually humble people and often lack the marketing skills or confidence to approach a gallery director to represent themselves as a serious artist.

I am an artist who has shown in galleries but I’m a rare breed because I have also worked in art sales and I’ve been an art gallery director. I decided to write this editorial to offer perspectives from both the artist and the gallery with a view to offer useful advice and information to help artists successfully approach a gallery with their work.

I HOPE THE FOLLOWING TIPS WILL HELP YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY:

First though, let’s think about this scenario from the perspective of the gallery director.

The roles of the director are broad but essentially they are to showcase artists that fit into the gallery’s ‘theme’ and to promote and sell their work while building relationships with customers and to generate sales.

A potential customer can walk through the gallery’s doors at any time without notice. Therefore it is imperative that the director and sales staff are always available to give their attention to those potential customers. This is why it is a very bad idea to just walk in with armfuls of artworks without an appointment because firstly it would be very disrespectful and unless it’s a very quiet day, you will not get the time and attention that you seek.

BEFORE YOU APPROACH AN ART GALLERY ASK YOURSELF THIS:

Does my artistic style and subject matter fit within the style and direction of the gallery?

For example: If the gallery you are considering is showcasing only European figurative subjects by published artists and you paint local landscapes, your style and subject matter might not be easy to fit in with the ‘style and direction’ of the gallery. But don’t be afraid to talk to the director because he/she will probably know of a gallery or outlet that will be better suited to showcase and hopefully sell your personal style.

Before we get to meeting with the Gallery director we should first:

GET PREPARED:

Write A Personal Biography And Print It On One Side Of Some High Quality Paper: Outline your history and anything relevant to your growth as an artist. Talk about why you paint. Try to describe your style. Refer to artists or other things that may have inspired or influenced you. Mention if you’re self-taught or formally trained. Include your best photo at the top. Mention any art contests or awards you may have won. Make your bio easy to read, unique and honest because your bio is intended to make a ‘personal connection’ with the reader.

make a professional business card. Include a graphic of your art, your name, contact numbers, web site address and any social media link.

Print Quality Postcard Size Color Samples Of Your Finest Art.

Build A Web Site Or Link To An Online Portfolio.

Here Are Two Good Ways To Present Your Work To An Art Gallery:

1. Show your actual painted canvases or printed portfolio.

2. Offer your business card and marketing materials with a link to your web site.

FIRST OPTION: If you plan to show your actual canvases or printed portfolio, I recommend that you first call the gallery to introduce yourself and set up an appointment. You will benefit as much as the gallery because they will allot a convenient time to spend with you. Be yourself, be honest and always leave a quality print or prints of your best work, your bio and business card so that you may be contacted. I don’t recommend asking for a critique unless you enjoy and can handle criticism. (Personally, I refused to give critiques)

SECOND OPTION: Is to briefly introduce yourself while you are already visiting the gallery without an appointment. Be brief in your introduction and show the gallery full respect by not distracting the staff from any potential customers and sales. Leave them your biography, business card with link to your web site and any postcard prints of your work. They can look at your web site at their convenience when the gallery is less busy and if they are impressed with your work and think there is a market for it they will be contacting you.

FINALLY:

As an artist I never enjoyed rejection from a gallery but doing the rejecting was equally unpleasant. Don’t be pushy and hard sell your work. They know what sells and what they like so if they like you and your art they will tell you!

BELIEVE IN YOUR ART:

Even if you are not accepted it does not mean that you were not good enough. I hear artists telling themselves that they’re just not good enough. I still do it myself sometimes but remember, there will always be people who will not get your art or they will dislike it for some very personal reason no matter how technically brilliant you become! Accept that your art is a constant evolving journey, so embrace every flaw and every brush stroke of genius because ‘feeling’ is what most of us want to convey and that doesn’t always require perfection.

Good luck with your journey in paint.

Michael Rock.

Michael Rock is a self taught artist. He began painting when he was a very young child. His earliest subjects and inspiration came from the beautiful scenery that was abundant in Devon, England. Many years later Michael moved to the California Coast which has some similarities with the coast line of Devon. Michael loves nature but his art has ventured into a variety of themes and subjects. His first encounter with art was Alfonse Mucha. It was an instant appreciation. Today, Some of Michael’s favorite artists include Svetlana Valueva and Felix Mas to name just two. Michael experiments with acrylics, oils and other pigments and powders to produce effects. It’s not easy to place a style tag on his work but some have described it as serene, magical, with some fantasy themes.

Online Art Galleries

Times have changed since the IT revolution and these days the rest of the world is just a click away. Gone are the days when you had to travel long distances in order to admire a piece of artwork, or perhaps sometimes never getting to view it just because you were unable to make the trip.

Online art galleries have successfully solved such problems for art enthusiasts. Not only is it now possible to see work from artists all around the globe, but it is also an excellent platform for both budding and renowned artists to showcase their work on a much larger scale.

These online art galleries are a virtual platform to view, sell and buy pieces of art. The ease of every transaction is unimaginable. Now, irrespective of the time, you can browse through the gallery and place a bid with the click of a button. If you do not wish to be known then there is no better way of buying art than on an online auction, because here your identity is kept private. The payment gateways are completely secure and you can rest assured that your money is in safe hands.

In a traditional art gallery, there is always the risk of a piece of art being inauthentic. This is certainly not the case with online art galleries. Firstly, as a buyer, you have the option of interacting with the artist before making a purchase. Secondly, every purchase comes with a certificate of authenticity that guarantees an original purchase.

Obviously, there is much charm and intrigue associated with actually seeing a piece of art in person, but how many of us can actually do so? Daily commitments, travel costs and work related issues are just some of the reasons why most people cannot visit traditional art galleries. There may be others reasons too, but reasons related to daily living are the main reasons why you cannot indulge in your love for art in person as you would like to. This is where an online art gallery has a definite edge over a traditional art gallery. Now you can buy your art without spending a single extra penny on travel expenses because your only expense is the price of the artwork.

The advantages are not just for the buyer but for the artist too. A physical display in a traditional gallery would mean that only a select number of people would actually get to see the art, compared to the millions of viewers that would get to view it if displayed in an online gallery. When it comes to exposure, availability and recognition, a comparison between an online art gallery and a traditional art gallery is pointless. Apart from the exposure, online galleries also have various contests and awards for recognizing the talent of the artists and give handsome prizes to the winning artist or artists.

Even having your own personal website will not bring you as much traffic as an online art gallery. You may add your personal website’s hyperlink to your art pieces and people who would like to contact you or view more of your work will have the option to do so. Times have changed and so have consumers. Today’s buyers want instant gratification without wasting any valuable time, and online art galleries amply provide for these needs.

Visit London’s Top Art Galleries

London holds a remarkable history of over 2000 years. Located on the banks of the River Thames, London is an excellent blend of museums, galleries, shopping areas, historical landmarks, entertainment and tourist attractions. Read on to learn more about these great art galleries, and also learn how you can benefit from taking a London Taxi whilst experiencing art in London.

Tate Modern Art Gallery

Tate Modern Art Gallery is England’s national art gallery. Established in the year 2000, it contains international art collections dating from the 1900s. It is a part of the Tate network which includes 4 art galleries. With over 4.5 million visitors every year, this gallery is the world’s most visited art gallery. The collections in the gallery are categorized into four groups: ‘History/Memory/Society’, ‘Nude/Action/Body’,’Landscape/Matter/Environment’ and ‘Still Life/Object/Real Life’.

In 2006, spaces were allocated in different floors to exhibit special art from the twentieth century. Level 2 exhibits contemporary art collections that are open for visitors for 2-3 months. In level 3, you can find collections based on material gestures, poetry and dream. The paintings look lively depicting human emotions, abstraction and expressions. All temporary exhibitions with admission fees are hosted in level 4. Level 5 displays the works of famous artists based on energy, process and flux. You would definitely find that booking a London Taxi for your trip adds even more ease to your day. Do not rely on other forms of London transport to ensure you arrive at your destination on time.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain is another gallery under the Tate network and opened in 1897. This gallery contains traditional English collections which date from the 1500s. The majority of the collections are those of J.M.W.Turner. Every year, one artist is chosen for the Turner Prize award hosted in the gallery. The works of four authors are shortlisted and displayed. Works that display controversial and offensive works get priority and the best author is awarded the prestigious prize. The main space in the gallery displays permanent British collections and some rooms exhibit work of individual artists. The first Friday of every month is busy as visitors flood to the ‘Late’ at the gallery when live music, performance arts and exhibitions are offered at half-priced admission fees. So, rush up without waiting for buses or trains. You had better book London Taxis to enjoy these programs.

The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is an art gallery with over 10,000 portraits of historically important and famous people. This is the world’s first portrait gallery established in 1856 and is run by public sponsors from the Department for Culture, Media and Sports. After its expansion the gallery also exhibits paintings, sculptures and miniatures.

Trafalgar Square’s National Gallery

The best time-honored British and some European artists of the Romanticism, Renaissance & Baroque movements and their collections are displayed here. It is also home to some of the world’s finest western European paintings and collections. The gallery is open for all visitors without any admission fees.

All of these galleries are located at ideal locations convenient for travel. As you have private transportation operating 24/7, you need not worry about visiting galleries around London. You can also travel to any destination at your comfort. London Taxis are available for a safe and comfortable form of transportation for London’s visitors to and from different galleries and destinations.

Different Art Galleries

When it comes to art South Africa is blessed with so many artists and different art forms, from tribal art to the more contemporary art works.

Because of this, there are a lot of art galleries scattered all over South Africa especially around the major towns and cities. These galleries sell a lot of original art works made by the local artists and also do regular exhibits that feature home grown artists.

One of the best towns to go to for art galleries is of course the main city of South Africa, Cape Town. Cape Town has four main art galleries, and they are the Table Bay Gallery, Kalk Bay Gallery, Alfred Mall Gallery and the South African Art Collection. I’ll talk about each one of them briefly.

If your hotel is located in the middle of Cape Town, the first gallery you should visit is the Alfred Mall Gallery. The Alfred Mall Gallery is located in the very posh shopping center, V & A Waterfront. The gallery is known for South African prints but they also carry a lot of sculptures and ceramic art works.

Another gallery that you can visit since you are already in V & A Waterfront is the Table Bay Gallery. The Table Bay Gallery is more upper market than the Alfred Mall Gallery because of its custom designed interiors that can house more art works and more diverse types of art works.

If you still want to see more art you can go to the South African Art Collection which is also located at the V & A Waterfront. This art gallery can be found just at the front of the shopping center just besides the Nelson Mandela Museum so it is very easy to find. The difference of this art gallery is that it showcases more of the town arts and safari art.

If you feel the need to get out of the city and into the smaller towns, you can go to the Kalk Bay Gallery. The Kalk Bay Gallery is located at the small fishing village in Kalk Bay, about 20 minutes from Cape Town. The gallery houses the most number of original art works made by South Africans and the bohemian atmosphere outside the gallery is a welcome treat to visitors.