By Jackie Demaline. Cinncinnati.com/Arts . November 1, 2009
Attend classes, galleries, museums before you buy, experts stress
Yes, you can buy art in a bad economy. In fact, local dealers suggest a bad economy is the best time to buy art – prices are often deflated, and dealers might be open to such things as paying in installments.
If you’ve always wanted to start collecting, or just get some things to dress up your walls, local gallery owners and visual art critics have some advice.
Among the things they were unanimous on – collecting, even if it’s one inexpensive piece a year, isn’t casual. Be prepared to work.
- Visit museums and galleries, to decide the area in which you wish to collect
- Take a course, maybe a Webinar, sign up for e-newsletters from legitimate galleries
- Go to show openings and talk to people
- Join a collectors’ group at a museum
- Find a mentor – a curator, scholar, or a dealer