Buying art from a gallery should not seem like a high-pressure, car salesman-like deal. Use these tips to learn how to find a reputable gallery. And then, use them as a resource for building your collection by following these best practices.

So, how can you be sure you are buying from a reputable gallery and trust their advice?

Do Your Research

When searching online, the more information a gallery can provide generally coincides with how reliable they are. Look at what artists they promote on their website and if they have been involved in any current exhibitions or shows.

Ask A Fellow Art Collector

Word of mouth can be a great resource. Connecting with others collectors who have commonalities with your art collection style is a great way to find a reliable gallery with a great track record. Looking for ways to connect with other collectors? Consider getting involved in your local community, reaching out on social media, or joining a patrons group.

What Does the Gallery Provide?

It should be a considered a red flag if the gallery you are looking at doesn’t provide you with accurate facts on the condition, provenance, and authenticity of the artwork it represents.

Reputable galleries should also provide information at the time of the sale and follow up with any new details about the artist or any upcoming exhibitions. A great gallery works hard to provide buyers with information on the artists it represents and upcoming events you may be interested in.

Ask These Questions

When doing your research, the below questions are key to making the most out of your relationship with a gallerist. These questions will not only provide you with information needed to determine the reputation of the gallery but will also let you know if the art sold there will be of value to your collection.

  1. How long has the gallery been around and do they own others?

  2. What is the owner's educational and professional background?

  3. How many artists does the gallery represent?

  4. Why does the gallerist represent the artist they do?

  5. What does the gallery do to promote its artists?

  6. Has the gallery been selected to participate in any art exhibitions?

Let a gallerist know if you are a current or aspiring art collector. A great gallerist can help you appreciate and understand works that you may have ignored otherwise. They have an eye for new and upcoming artists that have potential and can help you make wise decisions on what to add to your collection.

Once you have found a reputable gallery who sells works that fit your style and collection make sure you are following good guidelines on making the art purchase.