y n n C a r l s o n . u s
Consultora en las materias del arte visual
We Should Buy Art
This spring, most of us will receive a $600 check
from the government, an effort to stimulate the US economy. Regardless of what you think about this legislation, the
check is coming and it is coming with the expectation that you and I will
put it into the US economy. We should buy Art with the money.
A spring purchase of Art will allow us to aid our
economy and ourselves. It
will satisfy the logic of our leaders and the impracticability of our
imaginations. Shopping for
Art requires us to take time from our routine, add to our knowledge of the
communities around us; and offers opportunities to connect to people and
places and things. Gallery
hopping fills our heads with curiosity and connections, as we take in the
offerings of galleries, alternative Art spaces, and artists’ studios. All of this is good for us.
If the visits and questions and wonder culminate with a purchase,
pleasure will accompany us home. If
spring closes with the energy of a promise of discovery but we remain
ambivalent about a purchase; or we find $600 isn’t enough money, we can
reschedule, perhaps to a different set of gallery spaces.
We may even plan to take in a summer Art fair.
When you give Art your attention, you are engaged in
thoughtful creative activity and you benefit from that intellectual
activity. Active attention is
energizing and expanding. And
when it’s focused on visual Art, it comes with a physical object.
Usually that object is available for a revisit.
Often, that object is available for purchase.
Purchasing Art adds to the richness of one’s life.
We can enjoy the purchase, donate it to a cause we support or loan it to
an exhibition. The fostering of friendships among artists and curators and
dealers and Art collectors expands our personal and professional network. Understanding
what resonates with us and how we assign value adds to our appreciation
not only of Art but of our place in the world.
The purchase of Art not only supports an artist in a
practical way, but it adds to his or her growth as an artist. For you as patron have spoken.
You said. “This is extraordinary.”
“Here’s my check.” “I
value what you are doing.” That, ladies and gentlemen, is stimulation.
Lynn Carlson is a former naac board member, Art appraiser and continuing contributor to ArtBEAT.
Lynn Carlson, M.A., M.S.
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