[Tagging] I started a draft on a new "main" key culture
tom at acrewoods.net
Mon Nov 8 09:25:26 GMT 2010
On 8 November 2010 08:35, Noel David Torres Taño <envite at rolamasao.org>wrote:
> Art galleries are not museums, they are shops. If an institution SELLS art
> works, it has to expose them in order for potential buyers to see, so it is
> shop=something. If it does NOT SELL, it is culture=museum (even if it sells
> reproductions, booklets, guides, postals and the such, which in turn can be
> subsection on the main bulding like shop=kiosk or the like).
> So, MOMA (New York) or Museo del Prado (Madrid) are culture=museum, and
> Zwirner Gallery (New York) or CFA (Berlin) are not (shop=something).
This illustrates very well why a culture=art_gallery value is needed. A
great many artists would be grossly offended by your suggestion that the
galleries they exhibit their work in are simply shops for the purchase of
I can accept that MOMA in New York, the National Gallery in London, the
Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Louvre in Paris might be considered museums
with permanent exhibitions of art.
I agree that places whose primary purpose is to sell prints, paintings by
local artists and framing services should be marked as shop=art.
But there are many tens of thousands of art galleries that fit neither
definition. They exhibit contemporary art in temporary exhibitions, much of
which may be for sale but they are also for the exhibition of works of art.
Selling the art is NOT their primary purpose.
To add to Noel's list, they include famous galleries such as the Saatchi
Gallery (http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk) and White Cube (
http://www.whitecube.com/) and galleries known only really by those in the
art world like the Rebecca Hossack Gallery (http://www.r-h-g.co.uk/) and
local to me the Hannah Barry Gallery (http://hannahbarry.com/).
These are not museums in any sense of the word. They are also emphatically
not shops. It is on behalf of these galleries, who comprise the majority of
the art world, that I am arguing for the value culture=art_gallery.
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