Build Relationships With Gallerists
Never feel embarrassed to walk into a gallery on account of your budget. “There’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘I have a very small budget and I’ve never bought art before, but this really excites me and I want to start,’” says Soboleva. “Even the top New York gallerists will pay attention, because they see a person who has the potential to fall in love and become a greater collector. Over 25 years, that collector may amass something very special. And it’s the dedication that they appreciate.”
Developing a relationship with owners and employees of art galleries that you like (something you’ll only discover after you’ve visited several spaces) can give you access to art shows, openings and special events. The contacts you make here can provide insight on the artists being shown and help you choose pieces for your home art collection. In some instances, the gallerist might even work out financing options for you.
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