This is a convincing advantage of having a website; as you say, for promoting you and your work. Such a shame there wasn't an opportunity then to see the replies.
Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin
I've taken a look at through many of the websites belonging to those contributing in this thread. I think they're very effective and display [impressive] work for the world to see. Some stunning images. Many are American and presumably serve their purpose well... is it too presumptious to ask how well and why is it that they're mostly American? What about Europe and other places? Different places, different markets?
While your points about galleries are well reasoned, do you think there is something to be said for galleries helping create markets, to stimulate interest and inspiration? I remember as a child (before the days of the internet!) visiting art galleries and they often made quite an impression on me. Right from real masters of oil painting through to weird sculptures, which to a school boy, were nothing more than piles of junk. Nonetheless, it made an impression on me. I clearly remember being intrigued, puzzled, moved, amazed at what I saw. I knew nothing of how galleries operated - and still don't - but that was irrelevant then. It was just a case of absorbing what was there. Websites have their purpose for sure but so too do galleries?