What is art? That’s a question nobody can really answer. But what people can come to an agreement is that art is important. It tells stories, helps people express themselves and most of all– it looks good. There’s no denying that a framed poster can liven up a blank wall just as well as a £1 million painting can. So if you’re in the market for an art piece but you don’t know where to start, read on for Vogue Arabia’s beginner-friendly guide on how to take art from auction to apartment.
#1: Set a budget (but make it flexible)
This goes without saying, but art can be expensive. Before you go out to buy a piece of art, you’ll want to figure out what you’re comfortable spending on it. But if there’s something your heart’s set on, don’t be afraid to go a little over budget! After all, the art you buy is for you to enjoy. Pick a piece of art that makes you feel good, rather than art you think visitors will like.
#2: Try your hand at negotiation
Art galleries survive on building good relationships with their customers– that’s why art galleries will often be willing to give you a discount on the piece you want to buy, particularly if you’re a first-time buyer. Galleries can be intimidating, but don’t be afraid to speak up if something’s over budget!
#3: Browse the web
Art bought online can often be cheaper than art purchased from brick and mortar stores. Plenty of galleries have online stores, too, so you can browse pieces you like without having to leave the comfort of your home. An added advantage of surfing the net is that you can figure out exactly what genre of art you’d like to have in your home before you head to an actual shop to buy it.
#4: Consider investing
Art can often appreciate in value as it becomes older, which is why it can be a valuable investment. Consider beginning your research at an art fair to help you narrow down exactly what kinds of art people want (pay attention to the lines outside stalls!). Be warned though, that art investment follows the same rules as the stock market: if you buy a bargain piece, that might be because nobody wanted it, and you’re not likely to reap a profit from it. The more the risk, the more the reward!
#5: Buy local
If you’re interested in buying art for pleasure, you’d probably also be interested in ensuring that artists have the means to support their work. Making art is expensive, and every purchase counts. Check out local galleries and even coffee shops to support the artists in your community.
Speaking of buying local– if you’re from Beirut and you’re in the market for art, you’re in luck! Work in Progress (WIP) gallery has just extended its inaugural exhibition CHROMA to June 7 by popular demand, and will remain open until midnight to accommodate Ramadan hours. WIP Gallery boasts a growing collection of art by emerging designers around the world. Their artists play with color and hue to create mood-boosting pieces that inspire joy and creativity.