What You Need To Know As A Beginner Art Collector

If you like the idea of attending art shows or gallery openings but feel a little awkward, let me help. With a few tips, you can be ready to go in no time.

What You Need To Know As A Beginner Art Collector

20 June 2016
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Are you interested in starting your own art collection? Perhaps you have an interest, but you do not know how to get started. You may even wonder if this type of endeavor is something that could eventually net you some investment income. As a beginning art collector, you can hone in on a few approaches that can make collecting easier and more enjoyable. The following points can aid you in getting started without overwhelming or confusing yourself.

Trust what you find visually appealing.

You should not choose pieces for your art collection to compete with other collectors or in an effort to be the envy of others. Some people have years of experience in art collecting and your beginner skills will likely not be a match to theirs. If you focus on pieces that you find visually appealing, you will eventually amass a collection that you will be happy and content with, even if certain pieces do not appreciate in value.

Steer clear of buying for monetary gain until you are more experienced.

First and foremost, avoid getting caught in an "eye for trends trap." You are likely going to have many exciting moments that involve discovering new and raw art talent; however, buying too many pieces of art from the same artists because you envision making a return on your investment can be a risky endeavor. It is fine to choose art that is new and different, but if you are mainly focused on monetary gains, consider adding some classic pieces to your collection over time as well.

Consider small art pieces and price negotiations.

Perhaps the pieces that you have been considering are on the pricier end. If they are large pieces of art, this may be contributing to the higher prices. You can choose smaller art pieces from editions, and these may be more affordable. It is also possible that some art dealers may be willing to negotiate price on certain pieces. Abstract art that is signed by the original artist is also worthy of considering. 

Avoid posters.

Eventually, you will likely mingle with other art collectors. This is why it is a good idea not to buy posters and use them as part of your art collection even if you find some that closely mimic your favorite artists' works. Posters are easy for most people to spot and differentiate from authentic art even if they are placed in frames. You also might end up buying posters that were printed without consent from artists. As an aspiring art collector, you need to strongly consider if you would want your name and art collection associated with the mass printing of authentic works.

An abstract art prints seller is a good resource to use for additional tips for beginner art collections. They can also help you find pieces of art that complement your home or business furnishings. They may also be able to help you locate complementary art pieces from artists in other countries. Contact a business, such as Christi B Fine Art, for more information.   

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Out on the Town: Attending an Art Gallery Opening

After moving to the city and making a few friends in the local business community, I began to receive invitations to different events. The first time that I received an invitation to the opening of a new art gallery, I was not sure what to do. From choosing something to wear to determining how I was supposed to conduct myself at the event seemed a little intimidating. I quickly learned that going to an art gallery for an opening or a new show is not a scary prospect. In fact, it can be a lot of fun. Thanks to help from a sympathetic friend, I navigated that first opening without creating any type of serious social misstep. If you like the idea of attending art shows or gallery openings but feel a little awkward, let me help. With a few tips, you can be ready to go in no time.