The world of contemporary art can seem inaccessible to the ordinary citizen. The innovations dreamed up by conceptual artists often sound intriguing, but not really attractive or visually appealing. The obvious example is Tracey Emin’s famous unmade bed, and there many others: collections of bags and shopping trolleys and spilt paint which just sound silly when you read about them. But it is too easy to dismiss the productions of modern fine artists on the basis of a little information and a lot of preconceptions.
Get The Best Things In London Art Fairs
It is much more worthwhile to visit a couple of exhibitions of contemporary art. Once there, you can try to experience and enjoy what is on offer just for what it is, without feeling the need to leap to judgment immediately. For Londoners and for people visiting London this autumn, there are quite a few very inviting opportunities to do exactly that. It is almost guaranteed that even a confirmed sceptic will feel touched and moved by at least one or two of the exhibits on show.
Art Fairs have been booming in the capital of late, and several of them specialize in attracting visitors who are neither rich nor particularly knowledgeable in the Arts. For example, the Affordable Art Fairs show an exciting selection of new artists in two of the most attractive open spaces in London: Hampstead Heath and Battersea Park. For a visitor or a local both are lovely places to visit in their own right.
Hampstead Heath in North London is known as the lungs of the city, a wild tree-filled expanse which seems like real countryside, with amazing views of central London landmarks from Kite Hill. Battersea is a more manicured, an urban space near the river and boasting all sorts of tucked away treasures like the tiny zoo, and the Peace Garden. Within those pleasant spaces, you will find pieces by established artists like Damien Hirst, together with work from the emerging stars of the art world, as well as a show of the latest work to come out of the art colleges in the Recent Graduates Exhibition.
It is hard to remain unresponsive to the artwork on show in the beautiful outdoor spaces of the loveliest city in the world, and not only will you be able to enjoy the art but you may find a piece of original art that you can actually afford to own. The Affordable Art Shows do what they say: they do include quite expensive pieces; but you can also find works by recent graduates on sale for as little as 40.00.
That is amazing value for unique objects which will bring you pleasure for many years to come. Not only that, but it is possible that you may hit the jackpot with an artist who goes on to become famous in the future. But the main point is to allow you to respond personally to the art, and to get pleasure, whether it is a sense of peace or of excitement, from the work. What you will gain too, is a sense of pride and self-confidence, coming from the knowledge that you have backed your own aesthetic judgment.
It could easily become an enjoyable habit: you could try to buy one original work a year. You will be getting pleasure, possibly profit, and for certain you will be encouraging an artist who is very likely to need it badly.