Is that a blunt enough statement for you? No matter what your budget, you can find the right artwork for your home. Just remember the following:
- Buy artwork to fit your space. This is just practical and I’m not in cahoots with a bunch of interior designers. Don’t buy artwork and then wonder where the heck you are going to put it. We talked last week about a German collector who built her own museum for her art. If you don’t have the resources to store artwork, don’t buy large pieces of art. Support the artist in another way by promoting their work, funding an art project they want to do (through kickstarter or indegogo). Buying art is not the only way to support an artist. (sharing their posts on Facebook is a great way to support artists.)
- Decide what art you love before buying artwork. There is no secondary market for 90 percent of the art on the market. If you buy an art piece, make sure you really want to have it around for a very long time. I believe democracy already exists in the art market. if you want to buy art you can. If you want to sell it you can. Whether the two will agree on a price is another matter. Which means…
- Know how much you want to spend before visiting an art studio. I know one artist who sells artwork for 10k Euro and another who sells artwork for 150 Euro. Both are excellent artists but they have different buyers and sell at a different volume. Know how much you want to spend and then look to see what you can buy in that price range. If you are willing to pay on instalments, the artists are open to the idea. If you don’t have cash in pocket and don’t like instalments or using credit, don’t be afraid to ask people to give you cash for your birthday or for those special holidays to be used to buy artwork.
- Buy it and then move it around – After six months, you stop seeing an art piece. The impact of the piece is no longer there so plan on moving the art around your house or rotating large art pieces every six months (If you have storage). I like buying drawings, prints and flat pieces of artwork that I can switch out of frames. I have drawings by Cyril Mariaux, Brigitte Pruchnow, Ines Seidel and Anne Trieba and myself. I can slip unused artwork into a storage case that fits under my bed and happily rotate the artwork out as long as I have appropriate matts for each art piece. Having said to move your art around, I don’t move my canvas painting in my entrance way. It has been there for three years. The painting is a painting of a midwestern American field. This is a reminder that when I’m home, I’m home and I don’t seem to get tired of the reminder. I have a few small oil and acrylic paintings By Hazel Ang, Michaela Wuehr, Martin Potsch, Anne Trieba, and Angela Smets. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with them. Right now they sit on a few display shelves. I’m allergic to book mold so two art pieces that I own can’t be anywhere near me and are located at a friend’s house and I have a huge drawing by Jenny Schminke that will cost about the price of a car to frame. (What did I tell you about buying art?)
- Take Your Time – Except for the birth of a Jenny Schminke Fox painting or drawing, which happens only once or twice a year, most artists have enough stock of a style you will like for you to pick your way through and find the perfect piece. If you have no clue what you want, get out of the studio and stop wasting the artist’s time. Go home, get on the computer and do an image search on pintrest based on what you think you would like. Do you like to have a calm environment in your home? If you do , you will not want loud art like Ray Moore but you will be happy with something created by Birgit Abt or Berit Opelt. If you like photography, we have excellent photographers in Munich creating artwork in all different genres. The artist has no problems if you don’t buy art on the first visit. The artist may not answer the door on the 5th visit but you do have a handful of chances to snag a piece before being categorized in the non collector category.
- There isn’t a right art to buy. It is your house. Buy artwork you want to live with or that makes you happy. Don’t buy artwork because you think that someday it will be worth lots of money. What artist you decide to support is a personal decision. If you love dogs grabbing balls underwater, support the artist Seth Casteel and buy a photo or his book but don’t print this image out and frame it. That is very, very bad. (Support artists by protecting the rights is a good starting point for all humans on this planet.)