When my friend and o.g. blogging.la writer Typefiend asked me to lend some advice on art collecting for the fabulous Apartment Therapy website he now contributes to, I gladly obliged. Beyond art being my job, it’s also my passion and in Los Angeles you just can’t ask for a more exciting place to discover new artists and galleries – it’s second to none! Below is an excerpt of my personal advice on for newbies to the art collecting biz – I hope it inspires some of you out there:
You don’t have to be a Rockefeller or an art historian to buy art. All you need to have is the desire, a little bit of money, and a friendly attitude. With a little effort visiting galleries and seeing art on a regular basis, you’ll get the best sense of your own style and figure out what you can get for your money. Also, don’t forget that you can buy artwork that is not in an exhibition too – most galleries have extensive back-rooms with available artwork from all the artists they work with on a regular basis.
Biggest bit of advice: only buy what you love. Investment is definitely a consideration (and when investments go up it’s a nice validation of your taste) but at the end of the day, your artwork may not increase in financial value and should therefore be something you want to have around you for the long-term.
If you want more good advice on art collecting visit Art Addict – based in New York, writer/collector Paige West is a big supporter of LA art.