How to Look at Art – Part 1

Looking at Some of the World’s Best Visual Art from Your Couch at Home

How to Look at Art

It’s hot. Way too hot to step outside, too hot to find yourself out and about in the streets of Berlin. On a lake. Great. At the beach. Hell yeah. Berlin’s streets. I think not.

Instead of running down my four flights of stairs (You know getting back up is a different story!), onward to one of Berlin’s galleries and right into their exhibition space, I stay in the enclosures of my shaded apartment walls. Staring at my computer. Aka the fifth wall. But one that comes with a fantastic door. Aka the internet. And that’s the key, the solution to all troubled souls not making it to a gallery or museum today. Thanks to the likes of MoMA and its vast online art collection (yes, yes, with lots of shiny pictures) you can explore art while lounging on your mustard yellow Ikea couch. What a treat. Yes, I mean that. But people who know me fear a sarcastic undertone – relax my friends, no sarcasm here right now. Juuuust a didactic* side note.

*People who experience nausea, cold sweats or aggressive outbreaks upon hearing this term might just wanna skip a paragraph or two and still have a jolly good time with me and my blog today.

Why It Is Important to Look at Contemporary Art in Your Community

I love, love looking at art online. It’s amazing to be able to view all my fave artworks from around the world without having to move my lazy a$$. But. Remember. Buy art from living artists, the dead ones don’t need the money anymore. And believe me, I know what I’m talking about since I belong to the first category (yes, still alive and kicking). And even though not all artists’ works being represented at MoMA’s online archive are dead (please don’t make this complicated now), you get the message. Right?

So please, do go and look at art live, as in you yourself in a brick-and-mortar exhibition space contemplating art. And if you are a darling and do as I say, this will benefit not only the contemporary art scene but will actually benefit you as well. Yeah, I knew you’d love the sound of that.

How Viewing Art at a Gallery or Museum Makes a Difference to Your Art Experience

Ok, let’s do this simple. I don’t paint (yes, I am an artist, but you know, some artists don’t paint they do other stuff – now would be a really good time to check out my portfolio, don’t you think?). So, a few words later and I’m still not painting, but yet I love the smell of oil paint. When I look at an oil painting I want to have my oil paint scent fetish satisfied as well. So far, not happening when gaping at my computer screen. Get it?

Senses. Just not the sense of touch. No touching the art. Seriously.

Not convinced?

One more, but then you go figure out yourself.

I do not particularly like spiders. I’d say though, I can handle them when they are Central European small. Or when I look merely at pictures of tarantula big spiders. Not liking it, but no screaming fits either. Now, being in a room (no, not wide open field with plenty of directions to run away from) with one of those would be quite a different story. It seems being confronted with that thing (spider) (keep on reading, you’ll get why I added “spider” here) size does matter (yeah, yeah – or rather: hear, hear), doesn’t it?

No? Right, you go to SFMOMA’s current Louise Burgeois’ exhibition. And then you tell us about your nightmares afterwards.

End of Didactic Side Note

But for now, while it’s so freakin’ hot, to hell with it. Gimme that online collection.

What’s up Next?

It will be pretty hot for a while in Berlin and I’m somehow guessing my ventures to the great outdoors of Kreuzberg will lead me to an ice cream parlor rather than an exhibition. But let’s not fret and instead delve together into MoMA’s online archive when we meet again.

Let’s Chat!

What about your nightmares? Any artworks that still haunt you in your dreams?

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