Thinking about acquiring art?

There comes a time, usually when one is about forty years old, or
thereabouts, when the idea of owning and collecting art suddenly
becomes most attractive. The posters and the prints which looked fine
until now, come down when the walls are to be repainted, and somehow
they never go back up.

Acquiring art is like a love affair: Allowing yourself to be moved in
such a way that you are unwilling to live without it. Acquiring art
should be done slowly and deliberately and should be deeply personal.
Art should not dominate but rather enhance your life's experience -
make you feel rhythmic, free, light, refreshed, thoughtful and pensive.
Dean Keith Simonton, professor of psychology at the University of
California at Davis, who has researched creativity in older people,
says that when starting over in something new, like art "it's almost as
though they're young again. It's exciting, like first love".

Art, a play about beginning to find art interesting - and about Art becoming the great divide
I saw a play, several years ago - simply titled, 'ART' by Yasmina Reza.
This play raises questions about art and friendship. The plot concerns
three old friends, Serge, Marc and Yvan. Serge has just indulged his
penchant for modern art by buying a large, expensive and almost blank
white painting. Marc is horrified, and their relationship suffers
considerable strain. Yvan is caught in the middle, trying to please and
mollify each of them in turn. So art is right up there with politics,
religion and music. They cannot be argued and won as right or wrong. As
with anything, the worst emotion is indifference.If you ever get the
opportunity to see 'ART', go!


Nora's personal experience about purchasing art:

I have been purchasing art since I was 18 years old. I paid $2O per
week for 14 weeks for my first etching - an artist's proof by Robert
Roch that I love to this very day. Several years ago, I saw a small
painting at an outdoor art exhibition in Toronto. The painting was of
two people in the midst of dancing the tango. That painting was and
still is energizing, deliciously fun and a piece I can't imagine living
without (somehow I always seem to be able to find the money to pay for
a piece of art, even if I have to do without something else).

Other pieces of art in my home are thoughtful, meditative, open,
colourful and positive. Then there is my own artwork which still
triggers the same responses I had when I created them. My husband
chooses art that moves him. I choose art that moves me and together we
contribute to an interesting visual relationship.


Are there rules? Consider these two:

Two rules to collect art by: Rule number 1: Art is very personal and
you should not be influenced by what others might think about your
choices. Rule number 2: There aren't really any rules for selecting
art. Buy what appeals to you.


How much to pay for art

Imagine that you own a couch that needs to be replaced, but the couch
that you have seen and want is upwards of $2,OOO. How does the new one
affect you personally and what will it do for the soul of your house?
Will it satisfy you aesthetically, emotionally, or should you decide to
wait. Only you can decide its value. As I mentioned earlier, I have
never set aside money for art. I never really planned the moment of
acquisition. The art chose me and somehow I managed to pay the price.
That is not to say that you should live beyond your means. Art can cost
the equivalent of a holiday weekend, a week away, or a lovely,
expensive meal at your favorite restaurant...

Take your time, take it slow - enjoy the process. Each piece is a story that becomes your story.
The fact is that Art is deeply personal. Those who have interior
designers choose art to match the newly decorated house, are perhaps
missing out on a wonderful personal experience because selecting art,
meeting artists, conversing on the feelings that certain art arouses in
you - this is what makes the experience of acquiring art worthwhile and
rich.

I trust that you will become familiar with the artists on this site
(and other sites) - perhaps you will take the opportunity to meet
artists personally, chat with them through e-mail. It is not
unreasonable to try the work in your home or office (with a security
deposit), before you decide to purchase. Once you purchase, you become
a patron, a supporter of the arts. - Maintain rapport, visit gallery
openings and keep discussions about art as part of your life. Don't be
surprised when you start to redesign your home around your art!