The artworld is complex, and perhaps the most sensitive to fluctuations in the economy. According to Clare McAndrew, during the years following the financial crisis, global art sales fell from $62bn in 2008 to $30.5bn in 2009. Nevertheless, that was a period before the mass use of social media which allowed many artists to break free from the traditional gallery dominated market that acted as a middle-man between the artist and the viewer. With apps like Instagram, creators were given greater control over their content while viewers got a much more personal insight into not just the artwork but also the process.
However, we know this. We know that digitalization democratised the arts. The question now is, with another financial crisis on the horizon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with people being forced to stay inside, how will the established system react? Will it become more flexible and be more willing to cater to a larger audience? Or I mean, will it be more able to cater to me, bored, having moved back to my parents’ place in a small suburban city?
And so far, yes. Museums and independent exhibitions all across the world have chosen to modernise. Maybe, naively we can assume that globally it isn’t just the artists that have chosen to react, but the framework which to some extent confines them. And so, equally in confinement, except in my childhood bedroom/ my parents’ storage, in a bizarre way this global pandemic allows me to flip between the walls of the Prado and the MoMa.
Írta és illusztrálta: Borbála Pál
Attached below you will find a non-exhaustive list of exhibitions and collections: