Tuesday, November 17, 2009
For many of us buying art can be an intimidating process. Galleries have gotten a bad reputation as being run by snobs, and yes maybe justly so. But I can assure you for the most part those days are gone. Gallery owners have come a long way in making attitude adjustments to staff and are much more gracious. I believe buying art is about making connections. Many of us buy art for nostalgic reasons. The picture takes us back in time or reminds us of experiences we have lived. It makes a connection to our lives.
So where do you begin? Explore the local art scene, the more you look the more you’ll learn. Buying art is one of the most subjective things you will do. You alone know what motivation is strongest in you and you are the one who will make the connection to the art. Artists are usually happy to get to know their buyers, don’t be afraid to speak with them about their work. It gets lonely in the studio; a phone call is always welcome.
The Bottom line is that whether we buy art to mirror our lives, to express our identity or to decorate our homes, most of us buy art because we like art. So when deciding who or what to buy, my response has always been, “buy what you like.”
Friday, November 6, 2009
Well, a good time was had by all. Gilcrease knows how to throw a party, the food was good the spirits plentiful, and paintings were bought by many. So is the recession over? Who knows, maybe we are all just tired of being told how bad things are and feeling it in our retirement accounts. Sometimes you just have to say to hell with it and go buy something. A little buyers rush is a good thing. Especially when you've tried to be good for a long time, or maybe not such a long time, hmm. Last night my artists friends did pretty well and I am happy in their successes, now they can go shopping too.