With Omicron in full force, the years of lockdown might finally come to an end, wahoo! While we are desperate to get back to some kind of “normal”, we’ve got to admit things are a little different. Masks, social distancing and hand sanitiser are all going to be around for a while, but isn’t it lovely to be back inside galleries again? And, while we are beyond ecstatic that museums are opening up, we’ve got to admit that there are some things that we just won’t miss about the pre-lockdown art world. Let us remind you of everything that was annoying in the “before times.”
While social distancing can be annoying, sometimes, it’s a godsend. It’s hard to believe we used to pack ourselves in galleries and art fairs with barely any room to breathe. Personal space is so amazing. We’re hoping it’s here to stay.
Bumping Into Our Frenemies At “Private” Views
We all know that private views are the complete opposite of “private.” How many times did we pretend to not see that one person we secretly hate, or who we forgot to email back? Those awkward moments might thankfully be behind us.
All that travel and constant partying wasn’t just bad for our health, but also for our planet. While art fairs and biennials are coming back, we’re hoping it won’t be to the same intensity. The Earth really needs a break.
Lack Of Diversity
During the lockdowns the world also woke up to the lack of diversity throughout society, and the art world also had a lot to answer for. As things begin to open up, we’re seeing galleries rethink the artists they are representing, and why. We kind of love that!
The Absence Of A Digital Presence
Let’s be real, only an elite few had the means to attend every exhibition under the sun and it left many of us envious of those who could attend all of the must-see fairs and shows. But now, thanks to digital exhibitions and online viewing rooms, we can all go! The art world is – slowly – becoming accessible to a wider audience.
Text Lizzy Vartanian