Before introducing Virtual Art Exhibitions, I would like to frame Virtual Reality, or VR, and its potential to revolutionize how we experience art exhibitions. VR is a rapidly advancing technology set to become as ubiquitous as the telephone. One way VR can benefit art lovers is through virtual galleries. Given the limitations of physical travel, virtual galleries provide a unique opportunity to explore exhibitions in far-flung locations such as New York, London, or Berlin. Looking at pictures of artwork can be a poor substitute for experiencing the environment in person. I recommend some of the editor’s choice shows from the past and present to get you started on your VR gallery tour.
What is Virtual technology or Virtualization?
Virtual technology or Virtualization creates a virtual version of technology with a physical presence. This definition is really what it comes to.
7 Virtual Art Exhibitions, Galleries, and the Artists.
1. Yinka Shonibare CBE: Boomerang James Cohan, New York,
Yinka Shonibare is a British-Nigerian contemporary artist known for his diverse works, including installations, sculptures, photographs, and paintings. Born in London in 1962, he grew up in Nigeria before returning to England to study Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. Shonibare’s art often explores cultural identity, colonialism, and globalization themes, using vibrant colors, patterned fabrics, and historical references.
He is recognized for incorporating Dutch wax fabric, a material commonly associated with African identity but of Indonesian origin. His works challenge conventional notions of authenticity and question the complex relationship between Africa and Europe. Shonibare’s pieces have been exhibited internationally and can be found in prestigious collections and museums worldwide. In addition to his artistic practice, Shonibare is also known for his philanthropic efforts and involvement in various cultural organizations. He has been awarded numerous accolades throughout his career and continues to create thought-provoking and visually stunning artworks.
Annie Morris is a British contemporary artist known for her sculpting works and use of vibrant colors. She was born in London and studied at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford. Morris’s sculptures often feature organic forms such as birds, figures, and abstract shapes. She primarily works with materials like bronze and steel, creating playful and thought-provoking pieces. Her art explores themes of femininity, nature, and the human condition.
Morris’s sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and she has gained recognition for her unique style and artistic vision. In addition to her sculpture work, Morris is also known for her collaborations with other artists and designers. She continues to create captivating and evocative artworks that captivate viewers with their beauty and energy.
Zio Ziegler is an American contemporary artist known for large-scale murals and abstract paintings. He was in California and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. His bold colors, intricate patterns, and expressive brushstrokes characterize Ziegler’s artwork. His work often incorporates street art and graffiti elements, blending them with influences from various cultural and historical references. His murals can be found in cities worldwide, adorning buildings and public spaces with his unique and vibrant style.
Ziegler’s paintings have also been exhibited in galleries and museums globally, earning him recognition for his distinctive artistic voice. In addition to his visual art, Ziegler has collaborated with different brands and organizations, including fashion and music, showcasing his versatility and ability to translate his art into various mediums. He continues creating captivating and visually striking artwork that engages viewers with depth and complexity.
Austin Martin White is an American artist who was born in 1984. Numerous vital galleries and museums, such as Petzel Gallery, New York (35 E), have featured Austin Martin White’s work in the past. Austin Martin White has been featured in articles for ArtDaily, Hyperallergic, and Observer. The most recent article is 5 NYC Gallery Shows to Heal Any Ailment written for FAD Magazine in October 2023.
Charline von Heyl (born 1960) is a German abstract painter. She also works with drawing, printmaking, and collage. She moved to the United States in the 1990s and has studios in New York City and Marfa, Texas.
Von Heyl was born in Mainz and spent her childhood in Bonn. Her father was a lawyer, and her mother was a psychologist. She studied painting at the Hochschule für bildende Künste of Hamburg under Jörg Immendorff, and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Fritz Schwegler. In the mid-1990s, she moved to New York City, where she had a studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Since 1997, Charline von Heyl has been married to fellow artist Christopher Wool.
More than 40 years after creating a dozen paintings heavily influenced by Picasso, Peter Halley (b.1953, New York City, USA) unveils a selection of works that, having been stored in his studio, have never been publicly exhibited… An increasing number of contemporary artists are more or less directly paying homage to Pablo Picasso, re-reading, re-creating, re-interpreting, or drawing inspiration from his very essence, whether it be his awareness of the world, his passionate relationship with love or his constant formal revolutions.
Eyasu Telayneh was born in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, in 1993. He developed his interest in art by helping his brother with his art homework, which his teachers highly appreciated. He joined the School of Fine Arts and Design of Addis Ababa University, then the School of Fine Arts and Design of Ale in 2017. He works as a full-time artist in his studio on Entoto Mountain.
Telayneh’s practice reflects his interest in mathematics and physics, particularly emphasizing geometry, form, and color synthesis to construct a picture plane and make sense of Reality that often contradicts perfection.
Telayneh is the winner of the 2020 Emerging Painters Invitational Award. His works have been exhibited at Alliance Ethio-Française, Barnard Gallery in Capetown, and Circle Gallery in Nairobi.
Virtual Reality can never fully replace in-person art experiences, but it remains a valuable tool when physical barriers arise.
Born in Turkey, Sibel Meydan Johnson lived and studied in Mons Belgium most of her life. She graduated with honors with a major in Liberal Arts.
In 1990 Sibel left her hometown for New York City. She worked for several years as a production assistant for " En Plein Air Masters" one of the first online plein air artists mentor programs then as director of production for Brush With Life TV’s series on visual art.
Today Sibel is an autodidact painter, Freelance writer specializing in art and the business of art. Mother and wife, she is a full-time artist.
Sibel's art captures and brings forth the hidden emotion of his subjects and evoke a sense of curiosity and introspection pushing the boundaries of creativity and expression, her work often combines elements of abstraction and realism, creating a unique and captivating visual experience that sometimes disturb the viewers.