If I am in a museum, it is almost a guarantee that I will either get repremended by a guard or set off an alarm. I am not a bad person looking for trouble, I just want a closer look. My hands remain behind my back and my feet planted behind designated lines, but apparently my forward lean is a bit extreme. I just want to examine how the materials are applied and how the colors are layered. During the Christie's and Sotheby's auction house previews, I was able to lean as close as I wanted and take pictures of any section, even if it meant putting my iPad inches from the surface of the most impressive collections of artwork I have ever seen. Oh, did I mention it is also free?
As this CNN Money article explains, there are no requirements to viewing the art previews other than to enjoy yourself. How did I figure this all out? My friend, Kevin (aka The Auction Master), has been attending these previews and auctions for years and he let me tag along to see the artwork and how the staff dote on him! He was also so gracious as to not only introduce me to them, but inform them that I was an artist he collected. With this promt I would hand them a business card. My inner critic laughed at my boldness, as if they would have any interest in my paintings when they were surround by the masters of the ages, but you just never know what one of your business cards could do in the pocket of an art professional! My advice is carry them with you and share them with the world, even the cashier at the Bronx Botanical Gardens who compliments you on Nuvango Fumage shirt.
I could talk about the state of the art world and the prices that are paid for artwork. Sums of money that could be used for improving schools, feeding starving children and generally improving the lives of millions of people, but then I would get depressed and soil this amazing experience. Instead, I will savor this inspirational high, knowing that should this artwork go to a private collector, it is very likely to be hidden away for generations. These opportunities are not year round, so do your research and start planning your trip!
Oh, and one more collage of naughty bits!