Where to See Fine Art at No Charge

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Every big city has art galleries. But most people, even in big cities like New York, don’t realize that these galleries are free. And they have plenty of art on view. A novelist with a new book on the art world gives tips seeing art at auction houses.

Every big city has art galleries. But most people, even in big cities like New York, don’t realize that these galleries are free. And they have plenty of art on view. A novelist with a new book on the art world gives tips seeing art at auction houses.

Robert J. Hughes, whose novel, “Late and Soon,” was just released, says that when you go to a gallery that has an exhibition the atmosphere might be still and quiet, but that doesn’t mean you’re not welcome. Gallery owners like to keep a space uncluttered, so that all the focus is on the art. Think of it as a car showroom – without the intrusive salespeople.

Here are Hughes’ tips for gallery going.

  • Check the hours for a local gallery, since many are only open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and maybe only part of the weekend (usually Saturday).
  • Scan your local newspaper art section or your city magazine for what’s new at the galleries; often a gallery will have a website so you can check its address, hours and current exhibition
  • Most galleries do not charge admission
  • Don’t be intimidated if you have to go up a flight of stairs or take an elevator; some galleries are located within buildings that house other galleries, this is all quite normal. Think of it as an adventure
  • If there’s a gallery brochure or a brochure for the art on display, feel free to take it. Some galleries also print larger exhibition books, which are for sale. But there’s always a display copy for you to browse through.
  • You are under no obligation to buy.
  • Here’s a way to break the ice: ask the receptionist what his or her favorite piece is.

Robert J. Hughes, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has written extensively about the art market. His new novel, “Late and Soon,” is set in the rarefied world of art auctions. He is available to speak with you on all aspects of the art world today, from auction houses to buying trends.

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Betsy Steve

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Betsy.Steve@avalonpub.com

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