To buy or not to buy? That is the question.

To buy or not to buy? That is the question.

I used to be part of the “not-to-buy” group, which is ironic given that I have an obsessive interest for art. I worked for art foundations and galleries. I have all the museum’s fidelity passes. I even have a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Concordia University.

As a student, I argued that I had money for food, and not for art.

Fast forward 5 years later: good job, own apartment, good food, great wine, financially independent, and yet no art.

During the day I worked as an art consultant selling artworks to avid collectors looking for a piece for their 4th bathroom and at night I’d hang out it my minimalist white as snow apartment. I’d tell my peers “My partner and I just don’t like the same things… we can agree on the same piece”. Fake news

I didn’t buy art because I had a too long of a list of criteria (from agreeing with the artist’s statement, to being an investment). Unfortunately, I was letting the critical art historian in me ruin every opportunity of…

  • Supporting a talented artist
  • Having a part of culture in my apartment
  • Admiring an artwork in the comfort of my own home
  • Acknowledging that art is a means to escape this crazy world
  • Buying something for me and only me (!)
  • Purchasing a work that stands as a testament of my interest or conviction at a point in time in my life (transforming my home into a real-life scrapbook)

Today, I am proud to say I am no longer an art virgin.

Since 2017, I have acquired 3 artworks: from different artists, and for different purposes. Bonus: I have come to

befriend these artists and keep up with their excitingly evolving careers. I encourage you to take the same leap and experience the excitement.

Dominique

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