Types of Art Exhibitions
An art exhibition is a place where art objects meet an interested audience. The word “art” is generally understood to mean “of the artistic sense” although this is not always so. As is seldom the case, the exhibition is technically for a single temporary time either during the day or at night unless, of course, it’s said to be an “open air” exhibition. In American English, they are often called” exhibits”, “the exhibit” or “the show.” The term art exhibition, in fact, refers to the pre-arranged arrangement whereby an art object is showcased in a controlled and directed manner for an exhibition at a fixed venue. Art exhibitions can be planned as such by art dealer or on an ad hoc basis by artists, art dealers, art advisers or other art-oriented organizations.
There are many different types of art exhibitions. For example, one might call a contemporary art exhibition an “Oscar” theme featuring works from various artists in an interdisciplinary setting. Another kind of art exhibition would be called a “Fashion” exhibition and would typically feature art produced in the last decade or so in the context of an ongoing fashion design trend. A pop art exhibition, on the other hand, is an exhibit that is focused on popular culture art, posters and other items drawn from the culture of a specific region or city. Other types of art exhibitions include those that display only paintings, sculptures, and other visual art – usually on an as-is basis.
Most art exhibitions are not organized by any specific gallery or museum. Most events are self-organized by the artist, art dealer, art buyer or other related art-oriented organization. Usually, smaller exhibitions are usually coordinated by the artist during his/her residency or work shows. Major art expositions usually take place during major art fairs such as the North American International exhibitions or the European galleries coming together under the auspices of the Museums’ Association.
An art exhibition can take many forms. Sometimes, a single show may simply be an exhibition of a work or a group of works, often organized by the artist, dealer or art buyer. At other times, there could be an entire exhibition which covers a wide range of art including new and contemporary art, such as new and traditional artists, abstract art, and impressionism.
Most of these types of exhibits deal with art from a single geographical area. This type of exhibition, for example, could be based on a painting from the Nada Museum of Art in New York or the British Museum’s Earliest Paintings exhibition. In this case, one could focus on a single artist or type of artwork. However, in general, an international art exhibition covers a wide variety of art and artists from many countries.
In addition to having an overall theme, some exhibitions also have sections on certain artistic styles. For example, a French gallery might focus on Impressionist art. Similarly, contemporary art may be displayed alongside more traditional European art from various European periodicals. Such displays are also designed to allow a customer to decide what type of art they are looking for, either by category or by style.