Exactly how does one buy art? Is there any right or wrong way to start an art collection? Well, there is no one correct way, but there are certain steps to take to ensure the things you buy are meaningful to you and your family.
What drives every collection and collector is different. Some collectors buy the works of local artists, others may collect the work of Old Masters, some may find street art appealing, and more risk taking collectors may buy the works of yet to be recognized artists and even artwork that for one reason or another was made by anonymous artists. Defining what your interests are is extremely useful in the selection process.
It is important to focus on what is really appealing to your taste. This may take a while to develop, but visiting galleries, art fairs and artists studios is essential in seeking out art that grabs you. Single homeowners wanting to start an art collection will have a different process than those buying art with their significant other. Art evokes different emotions from each spectator, so buy what you love but acknowledge that you can't please everyone.
Some may consider art something to fill the space on a wall ... but the reality is there is so much more. First and foremost, art is something that stays with you for a long time. Putting together an art collection is an extremely personal endeavor. What you select in art can reveal a lot about the owner. So choose cautiously.
Select works of art for your home that enhance your decor. But it needn't match the sofa or curtains. Art as a form of expression should inspire reflection and conversation. Your selections do not all have to be in a similar format or medium. The most interesting collections are a mix of different types of art. Your collection can be composed of prints, painting, sculpture, video and even installations.
The art on your walls and in your rooms should be placed carefully to create a dialogue among the pieces. Examine and "listen" to the art itself. Not every work of art will work in every room or any wall. Each piece should be positioned so that it feels natural to the room. Move the work around until you find the perfect place. Things to consider: the themes, colors and the amount and quality of light. All of these components affect how a work of art is perceived in a particular space.
Finally, in order to keep your rooms feeling fresh and up to date, I recommend moving your art. You'll be amazed how your rooms will feel redecorated and the move could give you a new appreciation for the art.
Joseph Pubillones is the owner of Joseph Pubillones Interiors, an award-winning interior design firm based in Palm Beach, Florida. To find out more about Joseph Pubillones, or to read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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