The Internet has encouraged the public’s appetite for visiting galleries and viewing original art, says Steven Murphy, who should know as he used to be in charge of the international side of Christies
In an article in CNN he says:
Similarly, museum and gallery attendance has not flagged since the digital revolution. As with music, art becomes more coveted the more it is experienced.
I hear that the same phenomenon applies to digitally downloaded music. Musicians now struggle to profit from the downloads but report that their audience are keener than ever to attend live gigs. If this also applies to those if us visual arts, then this is even better news, as the live gig (i.e. Art gallery) has always been the core experience.