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April 21, 2021
How to Start With Art: Buy What You Love
By Liza Pruitt

How to Start With Art: Buy What You Love

Remember the days when you tacked posters to your walls with little balls of putty? Or the days when you hung a giant cotton tapestry on the wall to cover that gaping space? Guess what? Those days are over. No matter what your budget, no matter what your aesthetic: there are myriad places and ways that you can start to bring art into your home. Art reflects you to others, it creates beauty and peace and even provokes and starts conversations. Make room in your room for art, and you will never regret it.

 

Design: Hillary Taylor Interiors
Photography: Heather Nan

It may feel overwhelming to find that perfect piece of art that fits your budget, your space, your style, and everything between. Then there’s framing, or not framing. Not to mention hanging the art at the right height and place on your wall. If we’re scaring you, that’s not our intention at all. In fact, we are saying all of this to say relax, deep breath, you got this – that empty wall will soon reflect you and bring you peace at the same time. 

2021 has brought us many things, but perhaps what we will remember most from this time is how we came to use technology to conduct so many aspects of our lives. Consider art: never have so many people been able to see art, study art, buy art, and make art — all using technology. So relax, an empty wall is an opportunity and a blank slate to fill with what you love most – be it the pink sky of a sunset, the angular beauty of a palmetto tree, or the fragility of a poppy in a vast sea of green.

Technology has given us the ability to not only access art around the world, but to connect with people around the world who know art and love art. Someone living in Phoenix, Arizona has unlimited access to art brokers, gallery owners, and artists alike across the East Coast – all through a simple FaceTime. You can get an expert opinion in three seconds with the use of technology, social media, and the Internet. And it doesn’t stop there. You can be provided mock ups of art on your wall, expert articles on hanging and styling art (down to the measurement), and so much more.

To use the Mona Lisa as an example, with technology a person may view this masterpiece without ever leaving home. They may also read about her painter, Leonardo da Vinci. They may choose to buy an inexpensive print or poster of her. Or they may find an artist to paint an exact reproduction or a modern interpretation of this masterpiece, all without ever leaving their desk chair.


Art is in the eye of the beholder, and the internet has made it possible for us to see everything, talk to anyone about anything, and buy anything at price points ranging from a few dollars to a few million dollars.

 

Technology has in some places become the great equalizer, but perhaps nowhere more than art. And that is to be celebrated.

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