Art shows can be a hoot and they can be a bore. That is for attendees. Not so for the artist and gallery owner. A lot goes into getting ready for an exhibition. The artist is madly painting or creating in whatever medium he or she may pursue. There are many feeling that come up when you are about to show the world your bare arse, your hidden shadow side, or whatever it is that you are revealing of yourself. Shame is a common emotional reaction for many artists when they place all their creative children on the walls for public consumption.  “Am I good enough?” Do I deserve this attention?” This is a brief article about art shows: Dos and don’ts, penned in the hope that it may save some skin for whoever reads this.

The Show Must Go On

An artist’s vision is, often, a very personal perspective upon the world. Perhaps, this is why so many artists have substance abuse problems. All of this must be put aside, however, and the show must go on. For many artists it becomes a made flurry of work, framing and regret. The doubts and denials must be parked in the backroom for a more introspective time. Amid this the gallery owner or manager must put the bravest face on and promote the shit out of the show. People buy confidence and success in whatever medium it is delivered in. Nobody wants to purchase a painting that reeks of self-pity, doubt and despair.

Lubrication & Lighting

The catering can be pretty important to the success of a show in the 21C. Gone are the days of the cheese ‘n crackers and cask wine. Click here to access the website of a rather good caterer in the art show scene. Art is received with greater appreciation if lubrication is abundant, I have found over the years. Something sparkling sets the tone rather well. Lighting is the single most important aspect at a good exhibition. How a picture or sculpture is lit makes an enormous difference. Insist on having a say in how the show is lit.

Red Dots Rule

You want to see those red dots next to your art pieces. This visual guide can inspire artists and art buyers alike. Some savvy gallery owners red dot a number of pieces just to get the ball rolling early. Remember that the art world is full of dishonourable people and charlatans, and they are just the good folk.