29 August 2006
Do's and Don'ts, volume one: The Do's
Because I had started this site in order to educate the world about art and galleries, I thought it was time to actually write something about art.
So here is a brief list of things "To Do" when looking at and buying art.
A list of things "Not To Do" will come later.
Keep an open mind.
There are new works coming out all of the time. You might miss out on something very cool by dismissing it.
Take time to see what's available.
There are endless amounts of galleries and even more choices of works.
Try to create a relationship with a gallery. One that will take the time and effort to educate you and help you find the best work for your budget.
The art business is about relationships and the experience of looking at and enjoying art.
Get to know the art, intimately, just as you would a partner or friend.
A painting or sculpture needs to be approached, sniffed, touched and looked at from different perspectives, up close and far away.
If you are not physically attracted to the work in the first place you should not be involved at all.
New York is not the only place to find art!
There are wonderful galleries all over the world. Use the web, shop around, and do some research.
Be up front about your budget.
This is very important. Be up front about your budget. No dealer wants to waste their time or yours showing you things that are out of your price range, or not at the level you want to collect.
If you agree to buy something, pay for it.
This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be amazed at how often people say "I do!" then back out of the deal. It is usually beginners.
Treat galleries and dealers with respect.
Should be another no-brainer, but people love to make fun of things they don't understand or just be rude thinking the gallery should be their personal playground. It isn't!
Haggle with caution.
Most reasonable galleries will price a work and stick to it. The secondary market is different.
But if you do make a lower offer than the asking price, be willing to follow through. This isn't a game! Your offer needs to be real.
If you must haggle, keep in mind that your attitude can be fatal. whether or not I haggle with someone depends on whether I like them or not. If you offend me or are rude, I will not do business with you. I don't need your money that bad.