Exhibition

Irrational Optimism

4 Mar 2017 – 30 Mar 2017

Event times

Monday to Friday: 10:30 - 19:00
Saturday: 10:30 - 18:00

Cost of entry

Free

A&D Gallery

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • 3 minutes walk from Baker Street Tube

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When it comes to buying original works of art either from an artist or a gallery that represents an artist, there is only one rule: If you love it, buy it.

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Artists include: Arman, Peter Blake, Christo, Alain Jacquet, Jasper Johns, Mark Lancaster, Julian Opie, Andy Warhol among others

collecting, buying, selling and making mistakes...

When it comes to buying original works of art either from an artist or a gallery that represents an artist, there is only one rule:
If you love it, buy it.  Whatever you do, do not think of it as part of your investment portfolio.

The same rule applies to the secondary market but if you decide to begin building a collection, there are a few things we have learned, while acquiring stock for the gallery, that you might find helpful.

IRRATIONAL OPTIMISM - This phrase explains our approach to purchasing art for resale because there is no ‘art standard’ set price.

There are blue-chip artists such as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, whose prices have risen year on year.  Christo, Claes Oldenburg and Tom Phillips, may not be ‘household’ names but because of their importance in the development of  contemporary art, any potential fall in price should be manageable & temporary.
Despite ‘BREXIT’ the art market is becoming increasingly global at all levels. Consequently the work of artists such as Arman and Jacquet, now generates more interest from British collectors.

Rarity is the other important factor in establishing the value of an artwork. A unique work is worth more than a multiple, a limited edition is worth more than a poster, a poster designed by the artist and printed in his lifetime is worth more than a poster for a posthumous exhibition. Signed works help but watch out for signed posters dated after the artist’s death (yes, mistakes have been made).

You can’t, however, look at rarity and artists separately, for example an important Lichtenstein poster may be worth more than a Claes Oldenburg drawing.

Finally we go back to the first rule:
Buy the work you love, it really will be ‘a joy forever’.

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Exhibiting artists

Red Grooms

Claes Oldenburg

Allen Ginsberg

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons

Dieter Roth

Jasper Johns

Alain Jacquet

Christo

Tom Phillips

Sir Peter Blake

Keith Haring

Keith Haring

Arman

Cy Twombly

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Mark Lancaster

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