Other Important Things to Know
How do you know if you’re buying “good” art?
We suggest you trust your
instincts and select pieces you love. You’ll find value in buying something you love rather
than buying art for pure investment, because it’s a deal, or because it’s
How do you know if an artwork is authentic?
Authentic art is typically
signed or numbered by the artist.
If a signature is not visible, you can request a signed artist
authenticity statement. Ask your art consultant or dealer for records
indicating the date of creation, the title, the dimensions, and other
details. Be wary of deals that
seem too good to be true, and carefully consider the authenticity of the pieces
you are purchasing.
What is the difference between original art,
reproductions, and prints?
Original pieces of art are
unique and one-of-a-kind.
Reproductions are typically mass-produced copies of the originals. A
reproduction can sometimes alter the original image and weaken its impact. A print, often made by the artist, has
the intention of preserving the original piece. If you see a piece you like, but are unsure if it’s an
original, reproduction, or print, we suggest asking a professional to protect
Should I only buy from famous artists?
Works from famous artists
can be a valuable addition to your collection, but if that’s out of your price
range you could consider focusing on emerging artists or lesser-known
artists. Purchasing pieces from
up-and-coming artists is exciting because it gives you the sense that you are
contributing to their growth as an artist. Many emerging artists will show their appreciation for your
support by sharing new works with you as they continue to grow in their
Tune in next week – we’re
blogging about buying art on a budget!