ART OF BUYING ART: How to Evaluate and Buy Art

ART OF BUYING ART: How to Evaluate and Buy Art

ALAN BAMBERGER    Book Number: 85605    Product format: Paperback

You can buy art at auction, at a gallery or online: but how do you tell whether you're paying a fair price? If the painting is an old one, how do you know whether it's a fake? Does it even matter? The first chapter is encouragingly titled "Anyone Can Master the Art of Buying Art" and the author quickly goes on to the giclée-print business, emphasizing that these are not original works of art even when signed by the artist, although they may be very attractive and something the buyer wants to own. Where original art is concerned, a lot of people buy at random, so look, look, look, and do your research. Dealers usually have their own libraries; ask them to provide info about an artist you're interested in, but only if you are a genuine potential buyer. Certificates of Authenticity should be signed by someone who is a recognised authority, and limited edition prints by famous artists like Picasso or Miro are always listed in a catalogue raisonné. Provenance can be established through references in publications or a gallery sticker. The section on forgers, fakes and scams is a mine of fascinating information, and the bottom line is that everyone is taken in at some time. If you plan to buy at flea markets or online, the author has several pages of advice for you. Finally, he covers the actual process of buying, evaluating the price and negotiating. Don't even think of building up an art collection without this invaluable book. 438pp, paperback, appendices.
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ISBN 9781472140357
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