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Why Buy Art?

Posted by graphitegallery on May 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Why do people buy art? Today, let's sit down and think a bit. What is art to
 you? What is art to your neighbor? The reasons may be totally opposite for
each of you because you are each unique individuals. Myself, I prefer
historical art, especially aviation or military historical art. But there
are a surprising number of reasons that are similar for each of us. I have
assembled some thoughts on why people buy and display art in their home or
place of business.

* Art is a powerful form of expression not only for the artists who create
it, but also for those who own it. Art allows people to express their
individuality, and to represent deeply held beliefs, feelings, convictions
or philosophies in socially (and visually) redeeming ways.
* Art encourages people to ask questions, to take brief moments out of our
busy lives to reflect on ideas other than how to make more money faster or
how to get over on the competition.
*Art improves quality of life. All you have to do is think about the
difference between a room with bare walls and one with walls full of art.
The room with the art work will be vibrant and alive. People will want to
visit that room, because the art work touches their soul in a very personal
way. It reminds them of their humanity, of their significance in the world,
something that is lost in the business of everyday lives.
*Art inspires people to think about and even visualize ways that life used
to be, what it is today, or might one day be better than it is now.
* Art stimulates the expression and interchange of thoughts, feelings, and
ideas among total strangers who might never otherwise say a single word to
each other.
* Children are fascinated with art. Art makes children ask questions,
encourages them to fantasize and imagine, and expands their perceptions of
reality. Art teaches children how to be creative and have fun with life.
* Art transforms and personalizes the places where we live and work. Art can
evolve lifeless interiors-- homes as well as offices-- into unique, beautiful
and engaging environments.
* For those so inclined, art can be used to signify wealth, success or power,
and can even be used to intimidate. For example, imagine a CEO's office
appointed with a big bold, vibrant, dynamic painting hanging on the wall
directly behind his desk, and two imposing larger-than-life sculptures,
one at either side of the desk. Anyone who sits and meets with this
individual must also contend with his art.

* A work of art is not only visually appealing, but it also communicates
the personality, abilities, creativity, inspiration, attitudes, and at best,
the brilliance and genius of the artist who created it. And people who own
art are able to experience and be uplifted by these qualities on an ongoing
* A work of art reflects, enhances and even magnifies the personality of the
individual who owns it.
* Art attracts attention on global as well as personal levels. An impressive
or extensive personal art collection can be likened in microcosm to that of
a great museum, and certainly increases the esteem of that individual among
his or her peers. In fact, many of the great personal art collections end up
in museums.
* Art makes people proud to live, work, and play where they do. They point
to their museums, public monuments, and cultural institutions with pride.
*For those of you buyers who like to profit from your art, people decide where
to spend their time (and money) based on the types or amounts of art they
know or expect to encounter. For example, commercial spaces such as restaurants,
hotels, and meeting places can be more or less interesting and attractive to
patrons depending on the art they have on display (or lack of it).
* Across the country and around the world, artists move into troubled or
blighted neighborhoods or parts of cities and revitalize them with their
artistry. Their creative expression increases property values, new businesses
move in, and the overall quality of life improves immeasurably. Sooner or
later, the public at large discovers these wondrous transformations, and in
some cases, people actually travel thousands of miles to visit these oases,
spend time there, and of course, buy art. 

*For most people if they like a work of art, it is because it profoundly
affects them. It reminds them of a time in their lives that was personally
moving or important. And the exact same piece of art work will mean totally
different things to different people, because every person is unique. A piece
of art work can inspire lives and has the power to nurture and nourish
the spirit.
As you see, there are many reasons people buy art. I'm sure you can add to
this list with your own reasons that you buy, or even create your own art.
Like I said at the beginning, my own reasons are for the history, be it
aviation history, or military history. Why don't you tell us why you buy or
create art?
Del Andrew

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