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Why are Art Galleries Important?

Art galleries make art accessible to the public

It is no exaggeration to say that the work of art galleries is key to the arts. Without them, the works that the artists imagined and made real would not easily get into the hands of the spectators. It could then be said that art galleries, such as the Artur Ramon Art Gallery, are the communicating vessels between creators and the public. They are places for enjoying artistic pieces and the possibility of acquiring them. If we understand artistic activity as a form of communication, in which the artist is an emitter who creates a message or work to transmit to a receiver or the public, then it’s easy to realize the pivotal role of art galleries and international art fairs.

Art Galleries in History

Artistic creation has always existed, but art galleries have not. It is only after the Renaissance, and with greater proportion and boom since the middle of the eighteenth century, that the promotion and cultural trade required spaces for the sale of paintings and works of art. The disappearance of the figure of the patron, of the powerful people who commissioned works to adorn their palaces and castles, now gave way to the need for the artist to go after the public, turning his creations into merchandise in search of consumers. It was at that moment that galleries appeared as a fundamental space in the art market.

The Functions of Art Galleries

Private art galleries fulfill three major functions:

  • Exhibition
  • Promotion
  • Sale

The exhibition allows, along with installation and curatorial techniques, the adequate presentation of the works so that they can show all the desired aesthetic effect. Promotion, on the other hand, is a marketing process to know the benefits of the works proposed by the artists.

Finally, the sales function of the galleries offers the possibility of taking home a real work of art to enjoy it whenever you want. Each of these functions occurs through specialized and experienced people with the ultimate aim to mobilize art.

Of course, there is always the exhibition of art for “art’s sake.” That is, looking at art, learning about methods of painting and other art forms, and more, through a viewing.

What are International Art Fairs?

Also, there are international art fairs where all different people in the artistic universe meet, which is exciting! There are:

  • Artists
  • Gallery owners
  • Critics
  • Collectors
  • The public

What’s special is that these people come from different parts of the world to share experiences and knowledge with others. Attendees learn new art trends and styles, close deals of purchase and sale of works, and get to meet with the artists themselves. In a way, international art fairs are a group of galleries. It’s like the galleries open their walls and increase capacity and functions to increase the life of art.

Art is a Mirror, Medicine, and Investment

Visual art, such as a painting or drawing, is a way of understanding reality. It is also a tool to get to know each other and to look to the future. There are those people who say that art also has healing properties and that its contemplation allows us to remedy the disorders of the body and achieve mental balance.

The magical, prophetic and healing character of the artistic work has turned it into a treasured object. Over the centuries, art has attracted attention, without distinction of origin, age, sex or class. To possess a work of art is food for the imaginations of many people today.

Furthermore, visual art is something that increases in value over time. For this reason, it is commonly said that one of the best economic investments are paintings or other artistic pieces.

Buying Art Safely

In art galleries and fairs, it is possible to purchase works safely, with verifiable certificates of authenticity. These places often have expert advisers who suggest works and names of artists with criteria beyond simple taste. Finding the right gallery is key to turning the home into a place of artistic luxuries.

Artur Ramon Art Gallery

Art in Barcelona is becoming more dynamic and gaining worldwide prominence and relevance. Luckily, the city has the Artur Ramon Art Gallery, which is almost a century old, to carry out the exhibition, promotion and sale of art well.

With more than 300 exhibitions to its credit, the Artur Ramon Gallery has specialists in painting and drawing, as well as ceramics, furniture and decorative arts. The Artur Ramon Art Gallery is a research center, consultancy institution for the appraisal of works of art, and a prestigious promoter and merchant of culture.

One of the great things Artur Ramon Gallery does is to promote Barcelona’s artwork at international art fairs. With a strong presence in major art fairs in the Netherlands, Paris, London, and New York, Artur Ramon Art helps Spanish art meet the rest of the world.

Thus, art in Barcelona benefits from the work of the Artur Ramon Gallery and continues its movement as a result. For both artists and collectors, it is art galleries like this one that is essential. Art will continue to be luxurious but thankfully it’s getting within everyone’s reach.

Do you have a favorite art gallery and, if so, which one? Are you a fan of a particular Spanish artist, such as Picasso?

61 thoughts on “Why are Art Galleries Important?”

  1. One of my great passions in life is to take a leisurely stroll around my favourite art galleries. I live in Liverpool so have quite a few good ones to visit. Thank you for a great post

  2. Art Galleries are a Good way to Showcase your Art and to enjoy Beautiful Works of Art Created by other Artists I love attending Opening nights at Art Galleries Where you can enjoy Art and meet the Artist And Art Curator and Gallery Staff And talk to everyone about Art .

    1. Oooh opening nights are exciting events! Meeting an artist in person can be very memorable, as you say. Wishing you one of those great experiences soon, Jane!

  3. I recently took 80 of my students on a trip to the beach and to an art gallery. The majority of them told me they preferred the gallery because they had never seen artwork in real life and couldn’t believe how ‘big’ or ‘amazing’ or ‘skilful’ or ‘interesting’ the work was.

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  4. Some of my favourite art galleries: (from the most well known to small local spaces) #1 must be SFMOMA in SAN Francisco, I went in 2016 to celebrate my 60th birthday and the galleryโ€™s reopening! Favourite paintings there are the Richard Diebenkorns and the massive Serra sculpture that was in the opening foyer. #2 favourite has to be the magnificent THE Met in New York – such a huge range of art from the ancient to the most up to date! My favourites last year were the Clyfford Still giant paintings on the 4th floor. My local favourite, here in Donegal, Ireland, must be the Glebe Gallery in Churchill, which holds an open competition for local and national artists every Easter. And finally, I have to mention Mark Borghi Fine Art (New York and Florida) who represent me in the USA.

    1. Wonderful choices and thanks for sharing about your own art being featured in galleries! I went to SFMOMA and spent several hours there – if only for more time to have spent another day there.

    2. Yes, I was in SF for 10 days, spent 2 full days at SFMOMA and one day at De Young (more Diebenkorns!) Then 4 days gallery hopping in NYC! Last year I had a whole month in NYC which was brilliant! My next trip to the US will have to include Florida, saving my pennies, maybe next year ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  5. I don’t have a favorite art gallery, per se, but I LOVE to create art. :) I once tried to get in galleries, but they can be (rightfully so) very selective. It’s a challenge to be featured in them as an artist. But then again, that’s their job: to deliver what they think the people will want. Whew…I personally had a hard time selling my art, so it’s high compliments when an artist can get into a gallery. Everybody wins. (Well…as long as the gallery doesn’t take too much of a percentage of the artist’s work and sale.) Great write up. :)

    1. Hi C! Your art is beautiful so it’s a beautiful that now you can showcase it on your website as an alternative to applying to get it into art galleries. I love your mandalas, as you know :)

  6. Years ago I was in a gallery in Philadelphia. It sold paintings and crafts. While I was there, they were opening up a large wooden shipping crate and pulling out ceramics that had been made by native people in Brazil. The crate had arrived in the gallery probably that day. I really liked the ceramics, and bought several bowls. That was a fun experience for me.

    See you, Christy!

    Neil

  7. Another informative post from you, Christy. So agree that art galleries are important. Art holds stories and communicate messages. They are pieces that capture a moment in time or propose ideas about the future. Having art galleries and exhibitions, we can showcase the hard work that goes into the creation process – and appreciate not just hard work, but great minds and important lessons within the messages conveyed. I don’t have a favourite art gallery as each one is different…and something different to appreciate about each one :)

  8. My favourite Art Gallery is the one in the streets and alleys. More raw, and with few sales being made, street art is at the forefront of modern art movement. Of course, many street artists go on to showing in galleries, and selling their art.
    Fab post, Christy!

  9. I’ve enjoyed visiting a variety of galleries and museums throughout my life. I’m fascinated with Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Frida Kahlo, Monet, Cezanne, and Georges Seurat.

  10. We love visiting art galleries when we travel. We also have a great number of them here in Houston. I am happy to have some of my art represented here in Houston as well as in Galveston.

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