Now, something to contemplate.
When we went into one gallery, the artist was there. The gallery dealer told the artist whose work was on view that it might be a good idea for him to come down to the gallery on Saturdays–the busiest day for the gallery. That way, he could talk with visitors about the art.
The artist "grabbed on" to us immediately, expressing an interest to talk with us about the art. In my old life as a museum professional, this would have driven me nuts. I wanted to be left alone with the art. However, I have a new life now. I now enjoy these situations because I get to see artists trying to relate to art viewers. I look at these situations as research. What do the artists do right? Wrong? So, I learned a lot and enjoyed talking with the artist and then we left.
Later, I asked my friend what she thought about the artist talking with us that day. She said, "I thought he talked too much, too much information, and he didn't give us any breathing room to just look. Though I did understand his art a little better after listening to him."
This is what I thought she was feeling at the time as well. I could sense her discomfort. Aha! More research for me!
So, the deep thought is really a deep question: How much contact with art viewers is too much?