Collecting art is not just for the wealthy. Even on a smaller budget, you can surround yourself with paintings, photographs, and sculptures. The art market is not daunting if you approach it with assurance. The most important thing to remember about starting an art collection is to buy what you love with certainty and self-belief. Here are five tips for starting a stellar art collection.
1. Look For Your Favorite Artists On Instagram
Instagram has become a popular platform for artists, as it lets their visual work shine. Galleries also appreciate this venue for showcasing art. Follow the accounts of today’s emerging artists as well as commercial galleries such as Park West Gallery, as many collectors have found pieces they like and connected with organizations or artists to make purchases. You can also find out dates of live events and art fairs on Instagram.
2. Consider Buying Original Prints
Original prints are great options for building an art collection you enjoy looking at every day. Major artists frequently offer original prints, which allow you to benefit from owning pieces of art that speak to you without paying high prices for the actual artwork itself.
Limited edition prints, though not always as exclusive as original prints, are another good option for building up a budget-friendly collection.
With today’s digital market, you can shop for art at home. An internet search will turn up many sources selling these exclusive prints. Architectural Digest has published a helpful article on its website about various internet sources for artwork based upon your tastes and passions.
3. Visit Numerous Galleries To Develop An Eye For Quality
Your art collection will keep you company day and night, so you need to choose the items you love. However, spending time in various galleries will help educate you about excellence regarding technique, perspective, and psychological depth. Paintings, sculptures, and photographs are primarily visual mediums, but they tell complex stories if executed well.
Do not be afraid to ask gallery staff questions. They can help you learn. For example, the Park West Gallery team is knowledgeable and ready to help you learn about artists and specific works. The more you know about art, the better you can choose the best works for your particular tastes—works that will stand the test of time.
4. Talk To Other Art Collectors
Other collectors are a great source of information on building an art collection. If you do not personally know any collectors, attend lectures at museums and even consider joining museums and galleries, where you will probably meet other enthusiasts. Many of those passionate about art will be happy to share their knowledge about artists, periods, sources, and other important points, including the best ways to display your prized pieces.
5. Trust Your Intuition
If you love looking at a particular work and think you can live with it, consider buying it. If you feel you must have it and cannot live without it, that piece is for you. After all of the education and practical considerations are done and made, instinct plays a large role in art collecting. Be perceptive and sensitive as well as courageous. When you find a piece you love, you must be ready to go for it.
If you want a certain style, buy a good piece in that fashion from an emerging, younger artist rather than saving and straining your budget to purchase second-class art from someone more widely known. In addition to enjoying great original art, you can take satisfaction in supporting a new generation of artists.
Art collecting is for everyone. By determining your favorite styles and educating yourself about the art market and where to find galleries, museums, new artists, and works, you gain confidence as a collector. Finally, surrendering to your instincts will ensure you gather art in a personal collection you will love having around you for many years to come.
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