Putting the art into shopping (and vice versa)

People mostly associate art with appreciation and even if you’re the kind who frequents auction houses, you’re not likely to think of collecting art as a shopping experience. With the proliferation of the gallery shop at major galleries and museums where “art” souvenirs such as postcards, books and novelty items are sold, it’s no longer strange for art-goers to pop by the gallery shop after seeing the art exhibition for a bit of retail therapy.

For us, no one has come as close as the Auckland Art Gallery to put this increasingly intimate relationship between art and shopping  into words as cleverly as the copy on their paper shopping bag below, when we popped into their gallery shop to pick up a postcard of Robin White’s painting Fish and Chips, Maketu 1975.  Nothing short of brilliant.

Auckland Art Gallery paper bag

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