A Guide to Buying Affordable Art

 

A guide to buying and collecting Affordable Contemporary Art

 

With the release of A Guide to Buying and Collecting Affordable Contemporary Art, DegreeArt has collaborated with Vivay's Pubilishing and Beatrice Hodgkins to give you first hand advice when it comes to purchasing and collecting affordable art.


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Watch our 6 part series on buying and collecting affordable art, filmed at DegreeArt's Execution Room.

 

 

PART 1: DON'T BE INTIMIDATED PART 2: SO YOU WANT TO BUY ART? HERE ARE THE FIRST STEPS.

PART 3: THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERY BUDGET PART 4: WHAT TO LOOKOUT FOR - A GUIDE TO BUYING AND COLLECTING

PART 5: THE BEAUTY IN ONLINE ART - A GUIDE TO BUYING & COLLECTING PART 6: YOUR PERSONAL EXHIBITION

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever thought that you might be interested in collecting contemporary art but didn't know how to begin? This is a practical and down-to-earth guide for people who want to know and understand more about buying and collecting contemporary art across a variety of media. It will give the novice collector a better understanding of the art world- how it operates, how to navigate its jargon- and where to look for affordable art. And most importantly, it will help you to analyse your own tastes and to build a collection that is not only a good investment, but something that you will enjoy for years to come. 


Full of useful tips and advice, this book is ideal for the beginning collector of contemporary art, for people interested in working in galleries or auctions houses, for artists, and for students of studio art.

 

 

 

        

    Elinor Olisa                              Isobel Beauchamp

In its eigth year DegreeArt.com has established itself as reputable online gallery and showroom representing the works of exceptional graduate artists from as little as £25. Carefully consulting and curating, Elinor and Isobel have cultivated a unique bridge between the gap of the artist and the collector through a growing community of emerging artists online. Utlizing the constantly evolving realm of ecommerce, DegreeArt allows art collectors in all mediums and sizes to purchase art online, and fall in love with artwork riskfree and at the click of a mouse. 

With the release of A guide to buying and collecting Affordable Contemporary Art, Beatice, Elinor, and Isobel will give you insider thoughts, videos, and tips for the art enthusiast to help you learn more about your taste, the art world, and how to best begin your art collection. 

TOP ART TIPS TO HELP DEFINE YOUR TASTES:

Taking a closer look at the work of Sophie Derrick

Tip #1 - Take inspirations from the collections of others

Whether it be the Tate Modern, your friends collection, or DegreeArt.com be sure to take inspiration from the carefully selected collections of others. 

"Think about how collector tastes are explored, pushed, challenged and indulge as you look at the collection as a whole and in curated show; how appreciation of one artist leads to the discovery of, or introduction to, another of a similar style " - Guide To Buying Affordable Contemporary Art (108)

Tip # 2 - Don't always go for the obvious

If you find the piece to be easy on the eyes, safe, and suitable you aren't giving the term contemporary art it's due diligence. 

" Look for pieces which provoke rather than stroke the senses. You are mosre likely to continue developing your relationship with these sorts of pieces over the years. Sometimes this might be the pieces you looked at last or the one you initially rejected " - (111)  

Tip # 3 - Explore your own dialouge with each piece

It's often ridiculous when the art world says that 'the art should speak to you' but don't be afraid to try communicating with a piece. How does it make you feel? What is the piece trying to say? What is the piece saying about the artist or their body of work? Make sure to take the time and think about the conversation the piece is attempting to embark on and it will help you understand why you like it.

" The more aware you are of the nuances of each conversation, the more you'll be able to appreciate your relationship with each piece, and see it changing and evolving." (111)

Tip # 4 - The Artistic Medium 

Big, small, canvas or board.. how exciting would a sculpture be?  When building your collection, don't just look at the aesthetic, but be sure to take a look at the medium itself. If your finding your tastes to always bring you back to paintings on canvas, try and be bold by looking and thinking about sculptures or other mediums that might give an interesting facet to your growing collection. It will diversify your tastes as well as keep everything fresh and interesting. 

" Where you are buying figurative drawings, sculpture, paintings, photography, sketches, collages, mixed media or prints, think about what it is about the work being in this medium that's important to the piece, and how the type of art fits into your collection" (112) 

Tip # 5 - Look into artistic narratives

As breathtaking as it is to fall in love with a piece of artwork, always be sure to look beneath the surface. Find out what the piece means and how it fits into the bigger picture of the artists message and the art world.

" Explore the creative thrust of the art and look at it within an art historical framework. Is it pushing boudaries, challenging the status quo? Is it returning to the principles of an established movement? Is it part of a specific creative movement or marching to the beat of its own drum?" (112) 

 

 

 

 

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