Art Collection: Investing in What You Love (Part 2 of 3)
by Michael Damico
See Part 1 of this series.
Art Collection Part 2 – Meaningful Art: but whose meaning?
While developing your art collection, you’ll probably find that most of the time there is some powerful emotional connection with either the artist or the work itself or maybe even the subject matter. In other cases, it’s because it just looks right in that special part of the house. But here’s the thing: there are pieces that withstand the ages and many interior trends that seem to pass with every decade. Which ones are those? It’s the pieces that the buyer has bonded with that tend to transcend the phases, getting re-framed and surviving another decade or two.
Eventually, many of these works get handed down to the next generation, who in many cases have an even stronger bond to the art. For example, think of childhood memories at home or grandparents’ homes where art may have been in the same place as you grew up. Not only do you often times like the art itself, but it comes with strong memories of loved ones.
Rarely do we find the same connection or bond with ready-made art bought and sold in box stores. That’s just mass produced decorative art to match and hang over a new sofa and rug. Sure, we all want our spaces to look nice and I’m definitely not opposed to decorative art. But the focus here is to share the experiences of others who include in their collection pieces with meaning. Making a purchase like that means commitment. And along with that commitment comes this connection I’m talking about. That is how you determine meaningful art.
Continue on to Part 3 to help you determine how much you should consider investing in your piece as you add to your art collection. Not every commitment is outrageously priced.