Buying Art: 5 Tips from an Art Consultant

Sourcing, selecting and buying art can be an overwhelming process. It's not necessarily identifying what pieces appeal to one's taste, but rather, WHERE to look, WHICH artists to seek out, WHY some pieces would work in a home over others, and WHAT are realistic figures for spending on a piece? Enter: Art Consultant, Lindsay Davis of C2 Art Advisors.  With her extensive art knowledge and experience in consulting, Lindsay is an expert in helping clients find that perfect piece. Today, we are lucky enough to have Lindsay share with us her special tips on ways to hunt for worthwhile art pieces for your home. BACKGROUND:  Lindsay Davis is the director and partner of C2 Art Advisors based in Houston and Dallas, Texas. Lindsay has a background in commercial art galleries and auction houses, and now focuses on consulting for clients requiring expert and discreet advice on fine and decorative arts matters. C2 offers accessible expertise with a transparent spirit, and works within each client’s objectives and guidelines to build a collection and enhance an interior.

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Buying Art: 5 Tips from an Art Consultant
1. Get out and see as much art as possible—in galleries. This can sometimes be intimidating, however it is the best and quickest way to see how different artworks look in a space and to measure how you respond to various mediums. Also, go back. Over time, you will see more and get comfortable with your own judgment. You will also see patterns in what you appreciate about certain artists.       2. Know your price/quality ratio. Meaning, if you have a particular budget and want a work by a specific artist, consider buying a top-notch work on paper rather than a mediocre painting. Always consider the quality of the piece you are buying related to the oeuvre (the complete body of an artist’s work).       3. There are some exciting collecting categories beyond paintings, so consider photographs, prints, works on paper or even sculpture. Sometimes paper-based pieces such as prints and photographs are large-scale and can function like a painting.     4. The Internet is a wonderful research resource and a great way to stay in the loop with your favorite things. If you like a particular artist, see where they are represented around the country or world. Artnet, is a useful tool to see what artworks are currently available in various galleries all over the region, the country and the world. I use this to see if there is a more appropriate artwork or a better example in a different gallery. Also, 1stdibs.com, liveauctioneers.com and auction websites are excellent in order to learn about artists and artworks.       5. Hunt for art with an art advisor. This way you can gain access quickly and benefit from their knowledge of the art world. Ideally, an art advisor can take you around to galleries, show you greater inventories, take you on studio visits and discuss the smartest purchases for your style, taste and budget.    

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Thank you, Lindsay, for these wonderful tips! For more information on contacting Lindsay or C2 Art Advisors, see below:

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www.c2artadvisors.com

info@c2artadvisors.com

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  (All images courtesy of photographer: Julie Soefer)

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