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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Don’t Just Buy, Give Back

Noting that museums are not the only place where art lives, Brielmaier explains the importance of understanding the impact of art institutions, and the to support both monetarily and physically—just as anyone would do with their alma mater. “Institutions are not getting the financial support that they were getting [before] the economy [was] really rough,” she says. “And by that, I mean support our cultural institutions. If you have the means and the time, join a board, and if not, go to an institution and inquire if they have a young contemporaries group or a young collectors group. It’s a great way to meet people; to build a community in the arts; and really get in on the backend and see behind-the-scenes. I think is key. It’s a great way to start moving into other realms of art if you’re interested in investing.”

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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