ART as an INVESTMENT – One Collector’s Perspective

My love of fine art increased – the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see.” – Paul Getty

ROY LICHTENSTEIN-"Lichtenstein Plates," 1969, Single plate, 10.25" - $200, Serigraph on paper plate

How do you recognize great original new ART that you can enjoy and yet it is bound to be a great investment at the same time? Barbi Reed, consummate collector and gallery owner, provides her perspective on buying ART as an investment.

Recognizing great original new ART that you can enjoy is easy. Do your research (artist’s education, past exhibitions, representation, acknowledgments, etc). Look at other work by the artist and see if you are equally impressed with most of

INEZ STORER-"Oxygen," 20"x30" - $1,000, Monoprint, mixed media, pigment collage

the artist’s work… consistency is key as is progression of work which is available by looking at older work. Follow your heart as you won’t enjoy it if you don’t like it. “Bound to be a great investment”…unless you have a crystal ball (and that would be the best investment ever as lots of us would want to buy it from you), you can’t guarantee (bound) to be a great investment. NEVER buy for investment purposes. BUT if you do your research you should be able to identify some artists whose ART should increase for any number of reasons.

DAVID WHARTON-"Rainbow Trout," 2011, 11"x22" - $600, Original watercolor

Note: “should” not “will.”  As owner of ANNE REED GALLERY for over 30 years and co-founder of ARTprojectA my foot has been in the “art world” a long time. Enjoy your passion for ART and for research, talk to gallerists and other experts whom you trust and then trust your eye.Barbi Reed  Subscribe to News & Offers and receive advance notice of sales, newly added ART, and more!

Barbi Reed, ART Collector and Gallery Owner, at Gerhard Richter: Panorama, Tate Modern, London

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