The days of art appreciation being the static experience of walking into a gallery, standing stock still momentarily, nodding appreciatively, then moving on are passing on. In your purse or pocket, you have a device with the computer power to put a man on the moon and it has not gone unnoticed by the owners of the best galleries.
Besides the obvious ability to google anything before our eyes, we have access to significant options for informing and deepening the art viewing experience.
Park West Galleries has built a video library allowing you to interact and enter into the studios of some of the most significant artists of our time. In each vignette, we are taken by the artist into their process, their motivation, and their influences. We experience the surroundings and environments where their visions and dreams become reality.
Through the use of YouTube video we are transported to Tel Aviv, to the studios of impressionist painter Yuval Wolfson, or to the Israeli studios of contemporary artist, David Najar. You experience a Dali as you watch and hear the leading expert share his views on one of the most influential artists of our time.
Mobile video has created a more full and rounded art viewing experience for the appreciator. Hearing the voice, seeing the passion of the creator, and witnessing the creation of the piece you may be viewing or touching, catapults the gallery experience to another level.
Mobile devices also allow for us to hear the stories behind either the artist or the pieces that are historically significant. Learning about Picasso’s growth and development, and the ensuing development of cubism as you are appreciating his work is possible via your mobile device and your headphones.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum features a series of podcasts, as well as their YouTube playlists. Featuring the views of leading scholars on American art, you can learn about the art of the Civil War, Survey Photography, or even the museum itself.
Many of our most significant museums have begun to include audio and visual material to heighten the learning and appreciation experience. Mobile device use is bolstering and encouraging the development of curriculum and material for the education of the art student at every level.
The accessibility to information is skyrocketing with information being available from every major university. Whole libraries of data are transposing works to digital and are made available at the click of a button.
Whole collections are available on your device. Type Dali into google and instantly you are entered into the surreal experience and volume of a master’s work. We get a glimpse of the personality of the artist, then switch from images to web and Wikipedia allows us to gather a whole history of his life, from draftsman to becoming the master he became.
The speeds and capacities of our mobile devices have put the power of the greatest minds and collectors in our hands and the hands of our children. Whether we keep our noses down in them and miss out on some of the most tremendous work ever made is up to us. Right now we have the opportunities to appreciate art like never before. All that and now it is way easier to sneak a selfie with some of the greatest works known to man too.