Here’s a question: do you visit art galleries to actually see art or do you do it for your Instagram feed?
In this day and age where Instagram reigns supreme, I can’t help but question the motives of millennials but it’s no surprise either if their answer is the latter. But let us remind ourselves to not reduce these masterpieces into a simple selfie background because newsflash, hours of hard work were not put into these creations only to become a background for your mere Instagram picture.
This goes out to everyone, myself included (because God knows how many selfies I took; though that doesn’t mean I didn’t take time to appreciate the artwork).
Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not telling you that you can’t ever have your picture taken with the artworks. I’m just saying that we get so caught up on this whole Instagram craze that we often forget that art galleries/exhibits are meant for people to see and admire art, not to solely be your next Instagram post.
So the next time you find yourself in an art gallery – turn off that phone, millennial and appreciate the beautiful artwork in front of you or you’ll miss out. Disconnecting once in a while can do us some good.
Art Basel is a yearly contemporary art show in Hong Kong, Miami, and Basel. If you ever get the chance to go to any of the three, do so. You won’t regret it.
2 The Man Who Fell On Earth, 2016 – Lara Favaretto
3 Visible Light, Color Fillers for the Utopian Sky no. 3 – Wang Ningde
4 Ballroom Chandelier 2007 – Keith Sonnier
5 Colorful Wig Falls – Wan Lee
7 Splendide Hotel – Dominique Gonzales-Foerster
9 Grey Eye – Liu Zining
10 1 Thing is certain – Friedrich Nietzsche is dead – Kris Martin
12 You Saved Me – Tracey Emin
13 Foreigners Everywhere (Chinese) – Claire Fontaine