THE ART INVESTMENT

HOW TO CURATE YOUR COLLECTION FROM AUCTIONS TO GALLERIES

Becoming an art collector can bring stigmatizing assumptions of large budgets […], it should begin with personal discovery …

Starting an art collection can be an intimidating task. Still, its risk is worth its reward, as the inclusion of art adds an enhanced level of personalization and final finesse to an interior.

Art is often subjective, but it can evoke desired feelings, become a conversation starter, or reflect the owner’s individuality. Becoming an art collector can bring stigmatizing assumptions of large budgets or extensive knowledge of artistic periods, subject matter, or artists. Instead, it should begin with personal discovery, inspiring the eye while visually delivering its contemporary messages.

SLHLifestyle scoured the scene, tapping into our tight edit of experienced dealers, auction houses, and premier galleries to bring readers and budding curators insightful tips towards the beginning stages of developing a well-curated art collection within the confines of top tier advisement.

Follow that intuition when starting your initial search for a piece to achieve long-term satisfaction […]
The best way to create a cohesive composition overall is to consider color, subject matter, artistic movement, and period.

FIND YOUR ART SOURCE

An essential step towards beginning an art collection is to start at a source like an art gallery or fair. This factor alone can be somewhat intimidating for early collectors. NewYork’s top galleries expressed the importance of forming relationships with local galleries. Doing so provides collectors with the benefit of advisement, the ability to cultivate preferences, and explore payment installment options. Many added that art fairs are the perfect outlet for collectors to discover neighboring galleries and approach the staff on a smaller scale.

INQUIRE ABOUT MIXED MEDIA

In addition to a collective of artist multiples, galleries will often have access to flat-file archives, providing collectors with a supplementary approach towards obtaining work from the desired artist. Galleries that specialize in mixed media advise the consideration of digital prints as a striking alternative towards achieving a desired visual outcome at a more accessible price point.

DESIGNER NOTES

SLHLifestyle advises one to think of their collection as their unique perspective or innate signature. A personal art collection will have the ability to reveal the interests and preferences of its curator silently.  In many cases, art is intuitive. Follow that intuition when starting your initial search for a piece to achieve long-term satisfaction. Consider the narrative that one would like to tell upon viewing your collection, or select an art consultant to develop that narrative. The best way to create a cohesive composition overall is to consider color, subject matter, artistic movement, and period. Finally, when pairing art within your interior design, consider the style or existing architectural elements to best compliment your space.

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Our 5-Step Guide for Curating Art 

1.ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS WITH LOCAL GALLERIES

For advisement, to record preferences or payment installment options.

2. EXPLORE ART FAIRS TO DISCOVER ARTISTS ON THE RISE

To get your hands on the next big thing early on.

3. INVEST IN DIGITAL PRINTS, ADDITIONS & ARCHIVES

To achieve your desired outcome for a fraction of the cost.

4. INVEST WISELY WITH AN ALLOCATED BUDGET

Set & maintain a pre-determined price point for each new piece.

5. LOOK PAST YOUR WALLS

Replace your household items with ones of purpose and visual interest.

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