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

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Support What You Love: Black Culture
Understanding the importance of artistic expression in the Black community, Brielmaier describes the No. 1 way people of color to invest in and give back to the arts is by supporting the culture. “[SCAD] does a lot of outreach not only to our own students, but to the broader community living in classes that might not have full-blown art programs and access to the kind of work we have,” she says. “We have the Walter O. Evans [collection]; it’s one of the top African-American art collections in the country. I’ve come in on my weekends to take students through. You’re building little art enthusiasts in a way.”

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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

  • http://www.artblt.com/ Shermika & Tamika

    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