Art Online – Breaking Down Social Barriers

In the past, the world of art has been the preserve of the rich and famous, the well-connected, or the artists themselves. This meant that most of the time regular people could not access artwork, even for a sneak peek. This was particularly true in the case of more famous artists. However, this is no longer true as the world of art – like the globe- has shrunk and everyone that has a passion for this subject can now savor art from near and far.

The world of art has been fascinating to many, whether it is abstract art that requires quite a bit of deciphering or the much-loved realism that has proved to be just as popular. Art barriers have been broken with the advent of online art galleries that have managed to draw in friend and foe alike.

When it comes to online art galleries, there are copious benefits: one of the main ones is that the masses can take in the artworks at their own pace. This has made artworks accessible to the mass market and added convenience for both the artist and any galleries that may be displaying their works. This is advantageous to the artist and the gallery because a larger market has been created online by giving patrons from around the globe the opportunity to view and purchase their works.

Additionally, these online galleries are both unique and fascinating with the added extra of having discussion forums. For avid art lovers, this is an exceptional perk because it adds a special flavor to the whole experience of sharing one’s opinion on the pros and cons of art. Here they can discuss why -or why not – they love certain works.

In times past, going to art galleries was restricted to certain social classes. Nowadays, galleries boast their own online sites, so this barrier no longer exists. Online art galleries have made it effortless for clients to take pleasure in art. In addition, they can put in bids and acquire objects from the comfort of their own homes. Viewing and purchasing art online is definitely a step towards eliminating differences between social segments.

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Collecting Art Via Art Auctions

Have you ever admired a great piece of art and wanted to add it to your collection?

The art auction is the very place you need to look. An art auction is a place of gathering to sell artwork. To begin the process of bidding on a piece of art, you browse the catalogs that are available to find what you like. Your next step is to register with their bidding department, using your photo ID, (as well as your financial information). There will typically be a viewing of all items a few days before the actual auction, giving you the chance to browse through the collection.

With an auction there are usually several ways for you to bid: You can choose to bid in person, with a paddle and the excitement of it all. You can choose to bid online in the comfort of your home and the showroom right at your fingertips. You can choose to bid over the phone with a salesperson giving you the information of the current art piece and the bid. If for some reason you are unable to bid, within 24 hours before the auction, you can submit your maximum bid online, complete the form in the catalog, or fax in your maximum bid, viewing the results either online or contacting their Customer Service Department.

Another form of an auction is called an internet art auction. An internet art auction can be a little more personal for you. You have the chance to view the item in a catalog like a regular auction, but you also have the opportunity to contact the seller and see what other pieces, if any he/ she has for sale.

The first step with an internet auction is the same as a regular auction, you browse through the catalog to see what is up for sale, when you find the piece you are looking for, you register with your financial information, and you place your bid. You are able to bid on several auctions at a time, having a list to keep track of all activities for you.

A note to remember on an internet auction: be sure to notice what form of payment the seller will accept and how your product will be shipped to you. You can read reviews of sellers as well as leave your own comments on your experience.

So, now that you’ve learned all about art auctions, how much art have you purchased already?

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Art Exhibitions – Environmental Concerns for Different Types of Exhibitions

An art exhibition is typically thought to include the work of artists and artisans presenting their drawings, paintings, and sculpting to an audience in a viewing gallery. Architecture is used and integrated into an exhibit when the structure is built for a specific art show space.

Whether an art exhibit is showing the present work of one individual artist or a traveling group featuring a thirty-year retrospective of computer animation using mixed media, the exhibition environment is controlled in order to preserve the art objects through time without adding to the normal degradation process.

The materials used by an artist in an art exhibition determine the necessary environmental controls. Normally art objects are best kept cool in the mid to low fifty-degree level. Materials such as vellum and parchment are especially susceptible to changing humidity levels. Inks and pigments which are water-soluble also require humidity control as well as transfer protection using impermeable barrier casing.

De-humidification and air conditioning are used together to maintain consistent levels of moisture and temperature. More sophisticated exhibition spaces will use zone control sensors that will adjust a specific area while maintaining overall temperature and humidity control. Light intensity and UV radiation are especially destructive to paper, pigments, and ink. Light is necessary to properly observe and appreciate art but they need to be in low light or total darkness when not being viewed. UV filters are helpful but give a false sense of security as they only block less than ten percent of UV radiation.

Art objects corrode when they come in contact with materials that are off-gassing. That new car smell is an example of off-gassing. Pollution absorbers like silica and activated carbon are essential tools when seeking to stop corrosion of art objects from the effects of off-gassing.

An exposure log is helpful in assessing artwork for the show. Knowing the exposure level of a piece can determine its future life. If a piece is at a critical point a facsimile may be substituted in its place.

The art exhibition has no limits. The fruits of human creativity will continue to be shown to appreciative audiences. As each new media is used in the creation of art we will find ways of controlling the environment and preserving our creations.

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