How to Keep and Admire Your Gallery Collection
Galerie Michael • Jan 30, 2018
LOVING YOUR GALLERY COLLECTION IS AN ART IN AND OF ITSELF
As you’re building your fine art collection, you’ve got quite a bit to consider: what is your budget? Will you and your significant other both choose, or just one of you? Will you choose one type of art, or will you take the art that you find? Will choose art from exhibitions, or from retail stores? You have so many options for collecting art, it’s hard to imagine life after the first step. Once your home or business looks pretty, you might have some questions about what you’re looking at, and where it should go. If you got your art from a gallery, you probably already know what’s going where, and what to do with it. If you got your art work elsewhere, you’ll learn your lessons as you slowly build your gallery collection.
DON’T TOUCH IT
First, and foremost, once you’ve gotten your first piece, get into the habit of leaving it alone. Don’t touch it. Don’t invite your touchy-feely friends and family members over until you’ve lectured them about not touching your art. Make sure that the art is far out of reach of young children. Children, particularly those who are younger than 12, are both a danger to and in danger of larger pieces of art. Fingerprints and other damage is what you want to prevent from getting on the artwork, but the piece itself could tip or fall, injuring a small child.
IF YOU DO TOUCH IT, WEAR CLOTH GLOVES
You can’t completely avoid ever touching your art. People move. People remodel. People buy and sell furniture. People redecorate. Whatever happens that may involve touching or moving your fine art, make sure that you wear soft cotton gloves. The culprit in the destructive nature of touching paintings is your skin oils. Though your natural skin oils are needed to keep your skin healthy, your artwork can’t benefit from it. Adding varnish to paintings and sculptures, and protecting photographs with acrylic framing is a great way to protect your art, but you will still need to use gloves to touch and move your artwork.
WIPE CLEAN WITH CLOTHS
Just as you use cotton gloves to move or handle your artwork, use a soft cotton cloth to clean dust and debris from your artwork. You shouldn’t need any cleaner for any type of artwork, but if you think that you may, give a call to your local art gallery, or call an art restorer in your area to get suggestions for the best products to use. Don’t be surprised if they recommend using none.
KEEP YOUR HOME TEMPERATURE STABLE
Moisture is one of the many enemies of fine art. While it is rare that art is damaged with an actual splash of water, many people live in cities and states that have some degree of humidity. Water in the air is more dangerous to your art than water that comes from your sink; because you can’t see it, you may forget that it is there. Humidity may dry out and chip paints, and cause clay to have a change in texture. It is possible to prevent this from happening with various treatments, but it is also easy to protect your sculptures by simply keeping your thermostat at room temperature.