How to Appreciate Paintings #79: Looking at paintings NFTF (Part 3)

NFTF or Non Face To Face, has always been a part of how to appreciate paintings, before it became the only option in these unusual times of Covid 19.  NFTF allows us to look at paintings produced by artists from around the world through the ages without much effort, time and money.  We can look at as many paintings as we want, for as long as we want, as many times as we want, whenever we want.

There are physical and non physical NFTF ways of looking at paintings. 

Physical NFTF includes books, posters, printouts, reproductions, post cards, brochures, etc.  Books written on specific artists or art movements allow us to look at many paintings related to the topic in one setting.  Art books printed in conjunction with an exhibtion enable us to refresh our memories of the paintings we had seen in person in the exhibtion. 

Non physical NFTF includes online art libraries, commercial art galleries, non profit art museums, google searches, artists’ personal websites, and posts on social media.  The online art world gives us access to a wide variety of artists: professional and amateur, old masters and unknowns, artists from different countries and cultures; and a wide variety of artworks: contemporary and old masters, collectibles and non curated works, artworks in different mediums and styles.  

How to appreciate paintings?  Non Face to Face, or NFTF, has always been an essential part of how to appreciate paintings; physical NFTF includes books while non physical NFTF includes online art libraries.  

How to Appreciate Paintings #78: Looking at paintings NFTF (Part 2)

NFTF or Non Face To Face, has always been a part of how to appreciate paintings, before it became the only option in these unusual times of Covid 19.  There are many reasons for the important role of NFTF in how we learn to appreciate paintings.  

We will be extremely limited in the appreciation of paintings if we only look at paintings that we can see in person face to face. 

The world is big, there are many cultures, every human being is unique in his own life experiences: different artists from different countries create different paintings.  We are able to see paintings from other countries through art fairs held in our country or by traveling overseas to look at paintings by from other artists through exhibitions in their country.  However, how many paintings can we look at in this manner?   

Most exhibitions in museums or galleries or art fairs have normal 9-5 operating hours.  How many paintings can we look at during this short time?  We also do not have enough time to explore and immerse in those paintings that have intrigued and fascinated us. 

NFTF allows us to look at paintings produced by artists from around the world through the ages without much effort, time and money.  We can look at as many paintings as we want, for as long as we want, as many times as we want, whenever we want. 

How to appreciate paintings?  Non Face to Face, or NFTF, has always been an essential part of how to appreciate paintings; we can look at paintings produced by artists from around the world through the ages with little effort, time and money.

How to Appreciate Paintings #77: Looking at paintings NFTF (Part 1)

One of the new acronyms arising from this Covid 19 situation is NFTF, Non Face To Face.  With all the social distancing and isolation measures, face to face is now a luxury, and non face to face, has become the new norm in our daily lives. 

NFTF has always been a part of how to appreciate paintings, before it became the only option in these unusual times.  There are many reasons for the important role of NFTF in how we learn to appreciate paintings.  

First of all, it is impractical and impossible to see all the paintings we want to see in person face to face.  

The top 100 famous paintings in the western world are located in museums around the globe.  Even if we live in Europe, where most of the renowned museums are located, we will still need to have the time and budget, to travel to these museums to see the paintings “live”.

The most famous of the paintings may be in the museum’s permanent exhibits, but some paintings may only be displayed occasionally, when the museum changes the exhibits.  It may take years of waiting, for us to be able to see a painting that is kept in the museum’s storage, in person.

Some of these famous paintings are owned by private collectors, hidden far away from public view.  We may never have the opportunity to see such paintings face to face. 

How to appreciate paintings?  Non Face to Face, or NFTF, has always been an essential part of how to appreciate paintings; it is impossible and impractical for us to see all the paintings we want to see in person, face to face.