Want Real Art? Read this First.

Ricardo Mazal in a Client's Tribeca Loft. Photo:  Amelie Belanger

Ricardo Mazal in a Client's Tribeca Loft. Photo: Amelie Belanger

"We've never really bought 'real art' before, but we have this piece we picked up on our honeymoon....then my mom gave us this piece from her house...." -- 98% of our new clients.  

Accordingly, were breaking down a few tips for when you want "real" art: 

First, what is it?  If you Google "real art",  the first search result states that "real art is a work of love; fake art is one of deception". WHOMP. That doesn't seem helpful.  Here's what we think: when people refer to "real art", they generally mean some kind of fine art rather than decorative. Fine art can be defined as art by any person committed to his/her artistic practice who is looking at art history as a whole and trying to contribute something to the field. Decorative art is done by someone more interested in created art for hobby or sale purposes. The difference isn't always clear cut, and we help clients get the right mix,  but hopefully this provides some insight. 

Given this, when you're buying, it's important to understand WHAT you're buying. Is it fine or decorative? Whose the artist? How was it made and what materials were used? Did you buy it from a gallery that represents the artist? What's that galleries reputation? Just like when buying other items (clothing, tableware, furniture, etc.) there are no right or wrong answers to these questions, but being an informed buyer helps manage your expectations for your new purchase.

Next, make what you buy look good. This involves framing, installing, and styling accordingly. Honestly, these are all super-annoying costs because they are relevant after you've bought and are in no mood to spend more.  BUT being mindful and finishing the job will ensure your new purchase is protected from damage and looks its best in your space. 

Finally, whatever you buy should bring you joy.  For some, that means seeing a colorful landscape brightening up their bedroom, and for others, it's for a semi-disturbing abstract to provoke thought above a mantlepiece.  Either is great, but no matter how much money you put into a piece, it should have a positive impact on you and your space.

There are about 400 other blog posts I could write based on various tidbits enclosed here, including "where do you hang art", "sources for decorative art" "Where to save and where to splurge"... Tell us what interests you most and we'll answer your questions and add to our growing blog.