Whether you are going to Art Basel Miami with or without your art advisor this month, the art fairs are an excellent opportunity to view what’s hot in today’s contemporary art market. We have three tips for you to make your art fair experience as enjoyable as possible.
Do Your Research In Advance
If you are intent on thoroughly reviewing the art that’s on offer at the many fairs in Miami, make your life easy and do your homework in advance. View the floor plans of the fairs and mark your favorite galleries to make sure you don’t miss them once you get there (trust us, it is easy to get lost or overwhelmed)! If you are interested in specific works, do some price research or have your art advisor do it for you. This way you can prepare for negotiations with the gallery owner.
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Resist The Pressure: Take A Walk
With so many art collectors and art lovers roaming the Miami art fairs it is easy to feel pressured into buying a painting or sculpture on the spot. Try not to fall into this trap. If you are seriously considering a purchase, many galleries will allow you to reserve a piece for a limited amount of time. Use that opportunity for a stroll around Miami Beach to determine if you really want the work or if you could live without it.
Use Your iPhone To Take Pictures
You will have your iPhone with you so why not use it? When you see a work you like, take a photograph of it, as well as of the wall label and gallery sign. Keeping your photos in a certain sequence will make it easy to retrieve them and jog your memory the next day. It would be devastating if another collector scooped up the artwork of your dreams because you forgot which gallery had it on offer!