We often hear or read about the importance of art consultants for art collectors and businesses, but what exactly do they do? What is the role of art consultants for your collection and do you really need their help?
According to Jennifer Perlow, an art consultant in Denver, her job is mainly finding the best art pieces and advise her clients about acquiring it.
“My job is to find the best pieces within your budget that align with what you are looking for,” she says. This is why she believes that art consultants and art advisors are the same, in theory.
Why do you really need to work with art consultants?
The two main advantages of working with a consultant are their 1. expertise and 2. their connections. Backed up by their extensive knowledge of art history and its paradigms, they know the art scene best, especially from the hyperlocal to the global market level.
Having to work with art consultants would be beneficial for beginners because they will give you guidance every step along your art adventures and business transactions. They could help in decision-making, figuring out the type of art you’re interested in and the type that you need, be it: for aesthetic, decorative, or financial.
They could have backstage passes for gallery openings, all access passes to artists’ studios.
They’ll also already be comfortable with the business aspect of buying art, are familiar with how to value pieces, and are often able to get you the best deal.
At the same time, having the services of an art consultant would mean that your style and preferences will always matter.
Consultants do not adopt a personal style or preference. Their job is to mirror your wants for your art collection. This would ensure that what you like and what you believe in will really translate with the pieces you will acquire.
“I never incorporate my personal taste in artwork with what I’m going to give to a client,” Perlow confirms.
Through art consultants, you will always be first to be in the know and updated in the art world.
“Part of our job is always staying fresh and seeing what’s new,” Perlow shares.
Art consultants are expected to be in the know of upcoming trends and promising artists that would be the next big thing. They usually participate in gallery tours and stay up-to-date with openings. An art consultant or advisor works daily with exhibit organizers and artists to stay current.
It’s much easier to rely on an art consultant to stay informed about new artists and styles, especially if you’re balancing a demanding career with a busy personal life.
It is guaranteed that art consultants will always be there to help you.
“Know that there are resources out there,” Perlow shares. Usually, art consultants have their contacts and directory that would save you the trouble of starting from scratch, especially for beginners, or those who are intimidated to begin in the first place.
The world of art is intimidating because just like everything else, problems occur. If you have an art consultant by your side, you will not face challenges alone. They can offer fresh perspectives and suggest more solution after all.
Art consultants will also be marketing specialists for your collection, given their background, their knowledge of your preferences, they will represent you correctly.
In the end, having art consultants for your business would mean you will gain new friends who have the same interest as you: art.