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Edie Everette

Edie Everette ( was a fine artist for years until, impassioned by culture and politics, she became a full-time cartoonist. Her recently...

11 replies on “Art Presentation Pet Peeves”

  1. And I have one more pet peeve….NOT having labels beside the art so that (especially in huge group shows) one has to walk around with a printed sheet, and that’s if one can find one since they usually don’t print enough, so instead you have to trail behind someone to get theirs when they’re done. I like to know whose work I’m seeing and I have never understood why this fad began, why there’s something wrong with simply looking alongside the painting to see who did it. When a label is there, it doesn’t in any way interrupt or otherwise ruin my experience of looking at the work. What does ruin my experience is bothering with those stupid crib sheets.

        1. I go slowly through galleries so I’m one of those awful people who bogarts the one info sheet.
          I like there to be some kind of official paper that I can keep because I like to make notes about the work on the paper. In places where photography is allowed, I like to photograph the label before the art so I know whose work it is.

    1. I used to agree with you but no longer. It is for several reasons: little labels distract from the work and make the display look crap. It is very difficult to produce perfectly cut labels and to hang each straight and at a regular height – if they look crap when perfectly orientated they look even worse when done badly. It nearly takes longer to hang them than the art. A compromise is to have the sheet somewhere on the wall so they can’t run out, or have bits of list strategically placed on a wall. Realistically though a packed opening is not really about looking at the art – if you really want to see it go back another day when it is quiet.

      1. Sorry but in this day and age I have to disagree with you on all points. We can all print things in a nice font on whatever paper we like. If you don’t have a paper cutter you can cut them at Staples. If you don’t have a good eye for level, there’s a tool called a level. And as for them taking longer to hang than the art, well, everything takes time, most especially things worth doing. And btw, I do agree with you about it being difficult to see art at a packed opening, so if I want to see it better, I go back. But even then, I want labels, I want to know easily and readily whose work it is.

        1. Yes, indeed in this day and age it would be easier for people to do it properly and straight but the fact is that few do and every time I see them done sloppily I cringe. Better not at all

          1. the simple solution is to use clear plastic address labels. you can print them out on a printer, and they are relatively discreet.

            the biggest problem with hanging any show i have ever been involved in is that the room is often not square! so if you did a line at 60″ up the wall on one side, and 60″ up the wall on the other side, and drew a line between them, when you take a level to it, it will almost always not come out as being level.

  2. Label tucked inside the frame: zeitgeisty! So postinternet, kinda referencing those banner ads inside the Youtubes. Ima start placing mini labels for paintings inside the frames of other ones. Or better: make tiny paintings, place *them* inside the frames. Which is great cuz i’m thinking of downsizing my work to the size of applewatch faces, cuz painting them the size of Instagram is way too big and time consuming, and smart watches are the new galleries.

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