Paul Merrick's top five tips on how to bluff your way through contemporary art

  • the-connoisseur-patrick-hiattAlways try to use the word “project” instead of “art”. Most artists will describe their work as a project and not a piece of art. Using this word will make you sound like you have knowledge of the art world.
  •  Nod your head a lot when talking about various pieces of art. When you nod, others will nod along with you and find themselves agreeing with you, even if they don’t want to.
  • If you visit an art exhibition, try not to talk about art too much. These things are usually an excuse for social networking.
  • If you are not too sure about what to say about the art itself, talk instead about the gallery and the space the piece is exhibited in. If you talk about how art is presented as opposed to just how it looks, people will think you know your stuff.
  • Finally, remember that there are no right or wrong answers. So as long as you believe in what you are saying and can argue your point, people will respect your views.


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