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Where and how to buy?
The ground rules given below are not aimed at experienced collectors who already know some of the ins and outs of the art market.
To start with, everything depends on your budget. This will determine what and how you buy..
It all comes down to how much you may have to invest as to whether you go down the path of buying by auction, or through galleries or exhibitions. Works by major artists can be acquired via auctions, from specialised galleries or online but not from the artist’s workshop or studio
Major artists establish themselves firmly in the public eye through spectacular auctions or well-publicised exhibitions (and who is to say that this isn’t why they are “major” artists), but overall the number of transactions in the traditional market is much greater by far.
Starting from the general idea that prices are not set in stone, you can of course negotiate and you may be successful… but the scope is limited. Galleries, fairs, exhibitions and some websites give themselves something to play with in respect of the quoted price. That’s how it works.
Each option has got its advantages and disadvantages:
These are of two kinds: either general or those specialising in a particular school or even dealing exclusively with a single artist.
As a rule galleries combine high levels of skill with a deep understanding of the artists they promote and this makes them the ideal people to discuss both art and price.
You may end up paying a little more but the service they offer will repay itself in terms of satisfaction and investment.
Galleries offer the huge advantage that you have the works in front of you and you can take them home there and then!
Fairs and shows, individual and collective exhibitions
Art fairs and shows let you meet a lot of artists and make comparisons. If you’ve already made your choice of artist and you know what their work fetches, all that remains is to call your friendly bank manager...
You can always try to negotiate as the prices asked are often higher than the works would normally go for. The very high cost of exhibiting or gaining media exposure would largely explain this difference: CFQD
Artists’ workshops or studios:
Buying this way allows you to make the artist’s acquaintance; the price would be what the artist asks.
However, if the artist normally sells to a gallery owner or to a middle-man you can expect the artist to give you a discount on their gross margin, usually around 50%.
If the artist offers you a “best price” straight away, you will know that the market value is 50% less than the price displayed.
Workshop or studio prices are in no way “factory outlet” prices. It is best to find out the exact position from the outset.
Open house - open to the public
This is when a group of artists get together to open their workshop or studio to the public on the same day.
Galleries put on the same events as well, allowing you to visit several workshops, thus making comparison easier. However this doesn’t affect the pricing in any way. .
Impossible some years ago, there are now, to an astonishing extent, an ever-growing number of transactions on the internet.
To begin with internet sales were only low-price, low-value items but nowadays they are the ones which are getting a high gross rate.
Please note that you will mainly find amateur artists and mostly figurative works...
- “Virtual galleries” sites
- Auction’ sites such as eBay.
The first ones are site dedicated to an artist, or site published by galleries, associations, and commercial companies..
The huge quantity of artworks offered is such that it is difficult to find out, however with method, you could indentify sites which deserve your attention.
Some information about the artist should be provided such as his biography, an art critic’s extract, last auctions results or the value of an official quotation
Normally, the requested price is clearly indicated. You should add to it the following fees (shipping charge, insurance, and packaging).
Opposite to galleries and artists’ workshop, you will not physically see the artwork that will give you the impression to take a risk!
In practise, transactions proceed with satisfaction with web site or portal recognised for their professionalism.
We will even purchase artworks from main artist from all over the world.
Auctions like eBay.
Prices are remained low because the average amount of sales in 2008 is lower than 15€ (about £13) the painting point. However, we notice a significant increase for the number of transactions.
Nowadays, number of artworks presented is increasing but essentially offered in small format, the quality level is often unimpressive.
Recommendations would be similar to the ones applied in general for internet.
Useful tip: after gathering all information, set a price limit and do not go past...
They are the representative between artist and collector.
Normally, they only support their artists, as they are not really supervised and are independent; we can recommend you to be vigilant.
However, good transaction can be made.
We can’t conclude without speaking about purchases and exchanges by mutual agreement between collectors.
Care to observe is the same as in a purchase with an art dealer or on internet.
You hesitate; please take advice from an expert who will avoid you bad surprise.
In general, the more information you get, less chances of errors will occur, take your time, even for impulse buy...
Own Art is the scheme from Arts Council England to help you buy a contemporary work of art with an interest-free loan
The Own Art scheme is designed to make it easy and affordable for everyone to buy contemporary works of art
You can borrow up to £2,000, or as little as £100, and pay back the loan in 10 monthly instalments, interest free
You can find more inform on the official website : www.artscouncil.org.uk/ownart/