Unless you're Patrick and have been living under a rock, you've visited at least one art exhibition in your life. Which category of gallery-goers do you fall under?
These people are professional artists or photographers and are probably there to support fellow artists or photographers. Maybe they are friends with the exhibiting artists themselves. They move from one artwork to another, occasionally giving each other a knowing nod, often discussing a piece with others in their artsy group.
They may or may not be able to create art themselves but are nonetheless intrigued by the vast and mysterious world of art. Similar to the pros, they search for meaning and marvel at the technique and skill used in each piece. Be careful, though, if you ask about their interpretation of an artwork.
These exhibitions are social gatherings for them, they come here to casually hang out with their friends or family just for the sake of it. You'll find them getting intrigued once in a while when they stumble upon a unique piece of art. Quite often some of them gather in front of paintings and block your view while they discuss the bigger questions in life.
JOURNALISTS AND NEWS REPORTERS
It's pretty obvious why they're there. You'll see them running around with their filming equipment – the huge cameras and microphones trying to cover the event for a TV channel or newspaper. They'll interview the professionals and also random people on visit. If you're like me you'll probably stay miles away from them to avoid having that camera in your face.
Parents obviously bring their children along with them (no matter how much you don't want them to). The kids WILL get bored and sulk around as they stare at everything with an unimpressed look on their faces. You might even catch a few of them trying to meddle with the artwork in an attempt to entertain themselves. Yes Sakib, I can see you trying to gauge the sculpture's eye out. Stop it.
THE INTERNET FAMOUS
Everyone loves taking pictures in this day and age and that is completely alright but these “internet famous” individuals seem to take things a bit too far. They solely visit these places to pose beside the artwork and have their friends take photos of them which they will eventually upload to Instagram accompanied by some deep caption. They are mostly teenagers and roam around in a large cluster and will surely stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Although these people can be seen anywhere and everywhere, it gets especially weird when you see them at these art events. They loiter around and stare at people instead of the art like there's no to tomorrow. If you're unlucky enough, they'll follow you around and get uncomfortably close. You pass that dark corner of the gallery and sense you're being watched only to find those creeps staring right into your soul.
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