5 Things to Think About Before Investing in Art

Isolde Brielmaier is an expert in the world of art and shares her pointers on preparing yourself to invest in more than pretty pictures

Isolde Brielmaier

Born to Austrian and Ugandan parents in Seattle, Isolde Brielmaier always had a strong understanding of various cultures. First falling in love with dance and attending a public school where the arts were heavily integrated into the everyday curriculum, she got the artistic bug early. “I danced very seriously through my early 20s,” Brielmaier says, “and always tried to balance that with being a good student.” But while attending high school in Germany, the long-term performer decided she no longer had an interest in pursuing dance full-time. Instead, she chose to become a full-time student of history and sociology at New York’s Columbia University and spent her spare time at the Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey’s dance studio. However, it was her courses in art history that would become a major component in her life and career.

Curating small exhibitions in the SoHo section of New York, Brielmaier was eventually asked to teach at Vassar University. What was supposed to be a one-time thing turned into a five-year career as a visiting professor. In the past, Brielmaier advised athletes and entertainers in purchasing contemporary art, but she now operates as the as the chief curator of SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). Today she also curates international art exhibitions in the SCAD community and beyond. BlackEnterprise.com sat down with the art guru who broke down the top five things to consider when looking to break into the world of art.

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  • Joyce Dade

    Thank you for this fascinating information about collecting. Ms. Brielmaier covers many bases here and to the point. My only concern is that readers keep in mind that for example, Pablo Picasso did not have a Yale or Harvard graduate degree in painting. Many African American artists seem to need this high level of academic success to get wide recognition but, schooling is an arbitrary indicator in the final analysis. Genius is not always pedigreed by the Ivy League. A wise investor and or collectors knows this and will seek out artists who are under the radar often with greater results for doing so. Not everyone can afford to attend and graduate Harvard but, African American artists such as Kehinde Wiley and other African American artists fortunate to have those credentials are few and far between. The need for a status degree is actually a double standard. Other artists don’t need such high end sanctions and for perhaps all the obvious reasons. In the final analysis, the proof is in the product and visionary artists can be found where you least expect them to be. http://joycedade-photography.blogspot.com

  • Blayton_law

    Many artists have websites where you can see samples of their work.  One example of such a website is at: bettyblaytonartist.com

  • Excellent article. As art lovers, we appreciated this article. Definitely gives some insight into the art collecting process.

  • Mike

    how do you find a art appraiser who has expertise in Black art both African and African American?  I am in the RTP area of North Carolina