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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Museum Show, parts 1470 - 1473

1470. On the other hand, what if you have a wall all to yourself, at the farther end from the entrance to a room, but it is a smaller room just off of the main hall. Although this is very honorable treatment for an artist, still it is often looked upon as a deep insult. It makes the obvious point that your painting is not the best, but it is some how second best.

1471. This question of placement is actually more important than prizes and awards, blue ribbons and honorable mentions. A blue ribbon actually looks rather silly next to a painting, but where a work is hung is the most important message from the artist's point of view.

1472. Now imagine the feelings of the poor artist, whose work is hung in a set of pictures, four in a square, by four different artists. All of the pictures in the set are still life, or perhaps all are figurative work. This sort of treatment says, "This painting falls into, thus and so, category of work, it is, this sort of a thing." No artist wants to have their work placed into a grouping that categorizes it into a set of similar things done by other artists.

1473. Finally one arrives at greatest affront of all, your work is hung, "salon style." Salon style is a wall where hundreds of paintings are hung helter-skelter, as many as possible on the wall surface, from up by the ceiling right down to the floor moldings.  The name, "salon" is derived from the French salons where as many paintings as possible were crammed into the exhibition space.

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