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Frequently Asked Questions About Purchasing Art

  1.  Why should I buy art?

  2.  When should I buy art?
  3.  How do I decide if a piece of art is worth the price?
  4.  How do I know what is “good” art?
 
 
       

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1.  Why should I buy art?
 
Art is not a necessity, it is a luxury.  While art can be bought as an investment, to resell after it increases in value, art is much more commonly bought for pleasure.  A great deal more can be gained from the enjoyment of a beautiful piece of art than from the money gained by selling a piece for profit.
 
2.  When should I buy art?
 
Art should be bought whenever a piece moves you.  Follow your instincts and buy when it feels right.  Some art collectors only buy work which is from artists who increase in value and pieces by well known artists with certificates of authenticity.  But the majority of collectors buy what they enjoy, what they want to see on their wall for a long time to come, what gives them pleasure to view. 
 
3.  How do I decide if a piece of art is worth the price?
 
The best way to determine the value of a piece of art is by your own feeling of what you are willing to pay to posses it.  Artists put a great deal of time, effort and emotion into creating their pieces and the cost of materials can differ immensely from what the piece is worth to the artist himself or to the collector.
 
4.  How do I know what is “good” art?
 
"Good" art is anything that moves you.  Whether it makes you happy or solemn or leaves you in awe, it is doing it's job.  Art is completely subjective and no formula can be used to determine a quality piece of work.  What you love intensely may be ugly to someone else.  Many of the most moving and innovative works of art come from budding artists who are as yet unknown.  A famous name or a certificate of authenticity will not make a piece more exciting to your eye, nor will the lack of them make the piece worthless.