I went to the Frick Museum when I was in New York city. It was wonderful, but, as with any museum, I didn't get to see the up close detail in the paintings. Some of them I just couldn't get close enough to because of the large scale of it. Then, there just wasn't the time to indulge myself in viewing them like I wanted. For me, because of where I've lived, it's been a once in a life time experience to go to the Frick. There's other museums that I would love to visit as well.
So, imagine not being able to travel to museums because of the lack of time or money. Enter Google Art Project. It's the answer to every artist's (and those who love art) dream.
The Google Art project gives the viewer the opportunity to see the crackled paint in the Vermeer, the detail in the Constable cathedral, the thin wisps of the water and sky of a Turner, the powerful shapes of the Goya, or the directional strokes of a Rembrandt. In exquisite detail. At virtually no cost. All while sitting at home. Is this a great world or what?!!
My name is Shannon Christensen and I'm an art junkie. I'm going to be spending hours on this site! Forget Farmville, or whatever the newest distraction is, go Google Art Project.
If you want extra instructions, there's a visitor's video to walk you through using the Google Art Project site.
I was wondering how Galleries were going to move forward with technology and develop new biz models to meet the changing ways that people move through life and leisure. American Art Collector is putting one way out there - Gallery Show Online. It says "September 2010" so I am assuming that it will change each month. And it represents many different Galleries from across the country. Very interesting.
You go to their Gallery Shows Online main page, there are 22 shows to see. When you click on one it takes you to a window that opens with a flash of silhouettes with drinking glasses as if at a gallery opening. Also, it has the accompanying gallery exhibition background 'noise' . It's a surprise but it's not annoying because it quickly fades to silent so that you can see the art in solitude. I viewed a few of the "shows" and I think you might like it as I did. Enjoy. (Update: Links no longer work)
"Shannon Christensen sees Carl Bloch
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Attend Something Artsy
Take in the Atmosphere
• College BFA shows with the artist's at the opening
• Alumni Art Shows and the reception
• Open Studios, artists open their personal studios and sell art
• Art Street Fairs
Whether you attend an opening or not, attend an Art Gallery and accomplish the following process:
Take an Artist with You
Take No Money with You
Take Note of Prices
Take a Stand
So instead say, "Yes, I am looking to increase my art understanding. Though I am not going to purchase art this moment I am going to acquire art in the future. Can you share anything that would be helpful in that direction and any art or artists that would be a good place to start." You have just stated all that they the gallery owner needs to hear and also taken the purchase pressure off of you.
Take Your Art Journal
personal art making to the culmination of public art sharing.
Some of the youth even made sales on their artwork.