An Art Advisor provides first time art buyers, novice, seasoned collectors and investors indispensable access to an artist’s work while evolving an insightful conversation aimed at understanding the collector’s primary intentions for acquiring the art, the perceived space that the work is intended for and the allocated budget.
An art advisor carefully guides the collector through the artist’s oeuvre, and at the very least, assist him in narrowing down his interests and certain preferences, thereby helping the collector to make astute decisions pertaining to selection and acquisition of the artwork.
The art advisory profession has been around since the Renaissance, but its popularity exploded in the latter half of the 20th century. Before that, clients mainly relied on working with trusted art dealers or relying on their own personal tastes. But increasingly, wealthy collectors were looking for a third party with expertise, influence and important relationships in the art world, but no monetary stake in the final sale of a work.
An art advisor can be the golden ticket to the most coveted contemporary artwork. A collector can't just walk into a top tier gallery in London or New York, drop $20 million on the table, and walk out with one of the important works on display. There is a process. Each gallery and/or art dealer needs to trust that the buyer isn't looking to flip the work at their earliest convenience or otherwise make money at the expense of the artist or gallery. This kind of trust can take years to establish, but reputable art advisors have established connections, hence they can aid in facilitating important purchases with ease.
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