Oh, terrible horror from all this – going to the gallery to look, you can buy some art. Or, maybe you saw a beautiful picture in the window and wanted to look closer. Unfortunately, there was this tweedy-little man/woman with large horn-rimmed spectacles perched on an injured face that looked you over and sniffed, as if they had entered a damp bathroom. What is a cliche?
Strange as it may seem, many times for the gospel, it’s just not true. Most of the gallery owners and their staff are wonderful people. They come in different shapes, sizes and temperaments. Their dual purpose in life is to seduce you with the art they carry, and then follow and close the sale for cash. Like any other retailer. And, I hope, we will return.
The main difference between the equipment vendor and the gallery owner is that you know most of what is in the hardware store and how it is used and that all brands are about the same. All chain saws work the same way, cut out the wood and stand approximately the same. In the gallery, the same paintings and sculptures can be completely different. Some of the artists have a larger brand name than others. It seems that in the gallery the whole thing is connected with you.
Relax. All of the above items may be true, but probably not relevant. Art is what you like, what you like, and what you can afford. Over time, your tastes will change – you will sell art, that you are unhappy and buy new art. This is a delightful process, not intended for specific purposes.
What to look for in the Gallery
First, talk with friends with similar interests. Do they have several galleries that they are raving about? Visit their favorites. Look at the gallery of sites. Most galleries now have websites so you can quickly check if you are interested in their offers. Most galleries are constantly updating their websites and in their interest.
Each gallery is also different. Some elements, although they are pretty standard. They have a knowledgeable staff who knows about art and artists. The gallery should have a stock that is not on the trading floor, which employees are ready to show you. Some inventory (possibly up to 25%) is in stock in the back room, waiting for a turnaround on sales later. Most galleries accept debit cards, credit cards, personal checks and traveler’s checks. Many galleries also have advanced payment plans for major purchases.
A visit to the gallery is wonderful. You can immediately learn a lot of new ideas. You can see the taste of gallery owners in art, how it displays it, and how it brings together different arts together. Many ideas for work and assimilation.
In some galleries, only figurative work is presented (paintings and sculptures that are focused on people, animals or nature). In some galleries, there is only an abstract work (everything else). Finally, some galleries show how in one room. It requires a special personality and talent to juggle with disparate styles and make it look like absolutely gorgeous, not annoying.
Are you afraid that you will be attacked by a meeting of sellers who can not leave you alone? Attend artists’ parties, the events of the third Thursday, the events of the first Friday, etc. In these nights the galleries are usually quite full of spectators and buyers. You will not pester the assistants involved in trading spikes (if this creature still exists); They are busy. At these gallery events, you can see several open galleries in one evening. Makes an excellent date, and also sees a wide range of art. One of the caveats is to visit only two or three galleries in the evening. You can overload art and not remember what you saw where.