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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Know a Bad Investment When You See One

Brielmaier notes that it would be hard for any one person to say one art purchase is worse than another because all purchases are not based on ROI (return on investment). “I don’t want to say what’s a bad investment,” she says, “but what I would not recommend is jumping blindly into something, particularly if you’re talking about purchasing a work that’s very valuable.” Hesitant to ever tell anybody what not to buy, Brielmaier continues, “If it’s $400, to some people that’s a lot of [money] but when you start getting into really high [numbers] ask around. Look at the work, don’t just look at that work by the artist but look at the range of work to see if there’s some kind of continuity. And think about buying from a reputable gallery or someone who’s reputable—it could be an individual—but someone who has a history and relationship and has a reputation. Cover as many bases as you can before you take the plunge.”

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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