Off the Wall in Baltimore

Shipwreck in a Storm by Willen van Diest

Shipwreck in a Storm by Willen van Diest

Off the Wall is a series of temporary installations in public spaces throughout Baltimore, initiated as an outreach effort by the Walters Art Museum. Reproductions of paintings from the museum’s permanent collection are on view through the end of 2013, including Shipwreck in a Storm by Willen van Diest at 200 East Pratt St.

This type of outreach is definitely a trend among art museums. Last year’s Art for All from the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati featured reproductions of almost all of the paintings in its collection throughout the greater Cincinnati area:

The Trout Stream by Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two years ago, Inside/Out was a similar effort by the Detroit Institute of Arts:

Roosevelt Park in Detroit

It’s fun to encounter art in unexpected places, and I understand the idea behind this type of outreach effort, but does it actually bring new audiences into these art museums?

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