More Considerations Regarding the Value of Art
Reviews and Resumes
Ask to see the artist's resume. Note all dates and locations of exhibitions. Ask yourself these
questions: How long as the artist been exhibiting? Have the exhibitions been local, regional,
national or international? Are the sites of the exhibition noteable and well known? How many
awards, if any, has the artist received?
Another benchmark of value is the number of reviews in journals, magazines and newspapers the
artist has received. A strong endorsement by an art critic can have a significant impact on
an artist's career because critics act as interpreters, evaluating the work itself for
quality, but also placing it in the context of history and genre.
If you're interested in acquiring the works of an emerging artist, it's affirming to learn that
other people share your passion. For this reason, it's helpful to learn which private, public
and corporate collections include works by that artist. Artists usually want to know who owns
their work because if a work is owned by a museum, this adds value. The ownership of works by
an artist will be influenced also by whether they are part of a collector's works or are already
owned by corporations.
Artists reflect the world around them as well
as their personal life and feelings. They produce work in particular techniques and themes of
influence, and sometimes their techniques and themes change dramatically. Whenever you speak
with artists or gallery curators or consultants, ask them to comment on the whole body of work
by an artist. You should know if an artist has recently changed a particular theme or technique.
How prolific is the artist? Once you know an artist's depth of experience, you will be better able
to judge the value you are willing to place on the work.
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