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How to Buy Art

A beginner’s cheat sheet on how to buy art!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you might have noticed that Dubai’s thriving cultural scene is really starting to heat up. If you want to get in on the action but you don’t know your acrylics from your water colours then fear not, as Zaahirah Muthy, curator of World Art Dubai

The region’s only accessible and affordable art fair – 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’s 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. Lots of 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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