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How to buy art for your home

How to buy art for your home

Many galleries are all austere white walls, curators with good hair cuts, and intimidation. Walking into one on a whim to buy a painting that will fill that yawning empty space above your couch requires gumption and a fair amount of knowledge.

But that’s no reason to settle on an overpriced print from a big-box store. Rebecca Wilson, chief art curator at Saatchi Art, and Stas Johnson-Chyzhykov, associate director of collector relations at Artsy, gave us their top tips for buying a perfect piece of art for your space.

1. Start with an intention

The highest hurdle when buying a piece of art is the fear that you’ll look dumb trying to communicate what you want. Art has its own vocabulary, and not knowing it can be very stupefying. “If you’re not experienced in the art world, it can be intimidating to enter a white cube and not know where to start,” Johnson- Chyzhykov says.

The key to overcoming that sense of dread, both specialists said, is having a project in mind when you start: Maybe it’s an empty space on your wall that needs to be filled, or a desire to add a specific color to a room.

“Once you have an intention, it doesn’t matter if you know the vocabulary,” Johnson-Chyzhykov says, “You’ll know what you’re looking for, and that makes it much easier to find something you love.”

2. Know Your Budget

“A good first priority for a new collector is to focus on what your budget is,” Wilson says. Before you even start looking at art and trying to decide what to buy, you should decide how much you want to spend. “Be specific about that—and fairly fixed,” she says.

So, how much money do you have to have to start collecting art? “I don’t think there’s a lower limit on buying art,” Johnson-Chyzhykov says. “You can buy artwork regardless of what your budget is. The key is just to have one.” Both Wilson and Johnson-Chyzhykov say that you can get a very nice painting by an emerging artist for 500 dollars. “But if you’ve only got 100 dollars,” Wilson says, “there is still a lot of beautiful art you can buy for that.” read more