How to buy art.

17 Sep 2018

How to buy art.

World Art Dubai
Zaahirah Muthy

A beginner's cheat sheet on buying art.

Dubai is thriving with its art scene generating an impressive turnover at $4 million last year, placing Dubai among the top 20 leading art marketplaces for contemporary art worldwide*. If you want to get in on the action but you do not know your acrylics from your watercolors then fear not – our curator, Zaahirah Muthy, is here to help get you started with her top five tips:

  • For first time buyers, an art fair is the perfect place to start. Not only do they make it possible to peruse the maximum number of galleries and artists in a minimum amount of time, said artists and gallery owners tend to be on hand too, to help guide you through your options.
  • Research is key. Many fairs will display artwork for sale on the website prior to the show, so it is possible to do a little window-shopping before you even attend. This will help you weed out what you like and what you don’t like, saving invaluable time and hassle on the day.
  • As a newbie, it’s unlikely you’ll want to drop a couple of hundred mil on an original Banksy. Many fairs offer less expensive work, which particularly rings true for World Art Dubai – all artworks range between $100-$20,000 so there’s something to suit all budgets.
  • Shop smartly. While art at big fairs can be typically pricey, when a fair enters its final day, prices can often be negotiated on works that haven’t moved. Take advantage!
  • Remember art is often an investment, so don’t worry about splashing a little extra cash. Go for time-tested artists whose work will appreciate, or new and upcoming talent who are destined for greatness. But, most importantly buy something you like – after all, it’s your wall it’s going to hang on, so best to have something you enjoy looking at!

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