How to Appreciate Paintings #54: Visiting the Affordable Art Fair?

Art fairs are good for learning how to appreciate paintings.  

So if you are planning to visit the Affordable Art Fair, good for you!

Here are three tips on how to have a relaxing and rewarding time at the Affordable Art Fair.

1. Go with a learning attitude.

Don’t be shy to let everyone at the Affordable Art Fair know that you are new to paintings and you are there to learn how to appreciate paintings.  This honesty to yourself and others will rid yourself of all awkwardness and pretense, allowing you to confidently converse with others at the art fair.  For more, read posts “How to appreciate paintings #50 and #51: how not to be intimidated at an art fair.”

2. Ask questions.

The fastest way to learn how to appreciate paintings is to ask questions.  The helpful gallery staff manning the booths at the Affordable Art Fair will happily share with you the artist’s motivation and what to look out for in the painting. Seize this opportunity to learn from the experts! For more, read post “How to appreciate paintings #49: what to ask at an art fair”.

3. Look at the paintings.

You are at the Affordable Art Fair to learn how to appreciate paintings, so look at the paintings!  Relish looking at paintings face to face, for example, absorb the impact of the size of the painting, as this is missing when you look at an image of the painting.  For more, read post “How to appreciate paintings #48: go to an art fair”.  Also, look at the paintings and not their prices.  For more, read post “How to appreciate paintings #52 and #53: what to make of price in an art fair”. 

How to appreciate paintings? Have a rewarding and relaxing time at the Affordable Art Fair! 

How to Appreciate Paintings #55: A last word on art fairs

Art fairs are good for learning how to appreciate paintings.

But even if you are not keen to learn how to appreciate paintings, I encourage you to visit an art fair at least once. 

There is a huge variety of paintings in an art fair, which is not the case in a carefully curated museum exhibtion or gallery exhibtion.  There are paintings of a wide range of medium, subject matter, colour and size.  There are paintings of artists from different countries with different years of experience in painting.  

While this may not mean much to someone who is not interested in paintings, looking at this broad array of paintings opens your mind to the many possibilities in this world, not just in paintings.  You realize there are many different ways of looking at things, there are many different opinions and view points, there are many different feelings and thoughts.  The world is big and yet small, people are unique and yet similar, the same hopes and worries encompass all of us.  You see strange ideas, interesting colours, unusual combinations.   

Visiting an art fair is not just an eye opener, but more importantly a mind and heart opener, injecting you with new ways of seeing and thinking, learning to empathize with others and live with change. 

How to appreciate paintings? Treat yourself to something refreshing today, go to an art fair.  

How to Appreciate Paintings #52: What to make of price in an art fair (Part 1)

Art fairs are good for learning how to appreciate paintings.
 
One of the biggest difference between an art fair and a museum exhibtion is price.  Art fairs are meant for the sales of paintings, hence almost all of the paintings in an art fair are priced.  Museum exhibitions are meant for the sharing of paintings, hence none of the paintings are priced.
 
When we look at paintings in a museum exhibtion, where none of the paintings are priced, we are able to look at all the paintings equally (except for the very famous paintings).  Our liking of a painting, or our value of a painting, is influenced by our own views of the painting; how the painting appeals to us visually and how the painting touches us emotionally.
 
The paintings in a museum exhibition, if available for sale, would of course be priced astronomically.  But every painting would be priced at different astronomical prices.  If we are in a museum exhibtion where the paintings are priced, our experience would be entirely different.  
 
We would be judging the paintings based on their price, comparing the higher priced painting with the lower priced painting.  We would be busy figuring out why a painting can be worth more than a building.  We would not be able to look at all the paintings fairly and we would not be able to truly appreciate the paintings for what they are, because we are influenced by their prices.  
 
How to appreciate paintings?  Because the paintings in a museum exhibtion are not priced, unlike in an art fair, we are able to appreciate the paintings for what they are, without been unduly affected by price.