I have worked in the art world for the past 10 years, and during these 10 years I have had countless conversations with friends who were not working in the art world and wanted my advice about how and where to buy art.
This is a immensely complex subject, and you will find countless curators, art advisors, dealers who will all volunteer their advice and give you vastly differing answers. I don’t claim to hold the truth, but there are definitely a few important things you should know before making your first art purchase. Since I have launched ArtSnap, I have had a lot more of these conversations with friends and clients, none of them seasoned collectors, even though most already bought art in the past. And I realised that a lot of the things that were obvious to me, were absolutely not clear for, well, pretty much everyone else.
So I thought it may be interesting to put down in writings a few things I have learnt over the years, and maybe start a conversation (don’t hesitate to leave comments). I hope this will be of interest to all those who would like to buy art, but just don’t know where to start. In this series, I will address some of the questions I hear frequently:
- Where can you buy art without spending millions?
- Is art a good investment (I hate that one but it is inescapable)
- Is this young artist I just discovered the next Van Gogh?
- Are prints original works?
- Is it safe to buy art online?
I hope this will shed some light on the opaque world of art and give those who want to make the leap the confidence to do so. I also expect fiery debate and disagreement (the comments section is open and will remain so). Buying art is arguably one the least stupid thing you can do with your money (small carbon footprint, no child labour) even though some will find some art buying excessive (see op ed in the NY Times about the recent Salvator Mundi $450m sale)
Articles will come out every week or so, stay tuned :)