How to Shop an Art Exhibition
Galerie Michael • Jan 01, 2018
AT ART EXHIBITIONS, START WITH AN OPEN MIND
Adding fine art to your home can be quite an undertaking. You have to decide what subject matters would be acceptable and what matters will be unacceptable to display on your wall. For example, if you love family scenes, maybe you’ll look for paintings depicting fathers with their sons. But if you’re squeamish, you should probably avoid paintings that focus on the bloodiest battle of The Crusades. Art galleries are great, quintessential resources for you when you’ve begun your journey to acquiring fine art. Making time to visit galleries and attend art exhibitions will help you make the best decision for your home’s art.
MEASURE YOUR SPACE
Before you head out to pick a beautiful new work for your home, make sure that you measure the length and width of the space you’re seeking to fill. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a piece of art, and purchasing it, only to discover that is it too large, or does not fill the space as it should. Measure the space that you’re decorating, and store those measurements in your wallet. When you’re ready to attend an art exhibition, the measurements of the piece will be readily available, and you’ll be able to compare notes.
As many times as you’ve looked at the ready-to-decorate space, it’s still a good idea to take pictures with you to the exhibition. Make sure that your photos represent the room in natural and artificial light, and show the true colors of the room and of the walls. Without these photographs, you may end up choosing to bring home a piece that clashes with your colors, and ruins the room. Always try your best to choose a piece that works well with color palates and with the theme of your room.
DON’T FORGET LIGHTING
Just as it is important that you are able to see the true colors of a room before your decide on a piece of art that will fit the color scheme, it is also import to pay attention to the light in which the piece is displayed. It is a good idea to consult someone that works in the gallery about lighting the piece, and get their suggestions. This could mean adding recessed or studio lighting to your home, but it may not be as necessary as simply making sure that your overhead lights are not fluorescent.
FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU’RE FEELING
If you’re adding a piece to a bedroom, don’t choose a scene depicting war. If you’re adding a piece to a living room, avoid erotic pieces. If you’re looking to add to a kitchen, stay away from paintings depicting human sacrifice. The trick to finding the right piece for your home is to a bear in mind what you want to feel when you enter the room. Consider the colors, and look for subject matter that compliments the way that the colors make you feel.
REMEMBER THE INVESTMENT
For most people who purchase fine art, the investment potential of art is far from a concern. For those who are concerned about a piece of art fetching a good price later, attending an art exhibition is the best way to asses the value of a piece. When you can, converse with both the artist and the gallery curator. This is the best way to get an estimate of the value of the piece of art in which you’re interested.