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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Get to Know Experts in the Art World

Driving home the relevance of getting involved with an institution or art group, Brielmaier reiterates the need to know an institution and the benefits offered when doing so. “When you’re just starting out, joining a museum or a young collectors group is one of the best ways to go: A) You get invited to all their events, including their exhibitions and all of their openings and B) You’re also in the mix with people of like mind where information starts getting exchanged,” she says. “You also get to go to events and exhibitions where artists attend. You can work with an art advisor or art consultant, and they can open up their Rolodex and take you to galleries and set up appointments and they will assist you with successfully purchasing the work. And they’ll buy the work for you with your money.”

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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