Buying artwork, whether purely for aesthetics or as an investment, can be an intimidating process. Thankfully, those of us in the Bay Area who are just starting out have a great local resource. Nearly everything at Lost Art Salon is under $1000. And it is indeed set up like an early 20th century European salon, so you'll instantly feel at ease when you walk in.
The South of Market loft features original Modern Era art (1900-1960s) presented in an eclectic residential setting. "Think Paris 1920s meets industrial urban loft," said Rob Delamater, who along with Gaetan Caron, founded Lost Art. "We want our clients to feel like they're walking into our own living room, not a stuffy, cold intimidating art gallery. The residential feel of the Salon also is a way for us to show people unique ways of hanging work and displaying a mix of sculpture, ceramics, art glass and wall art."
In an interview with Instinct magazine, Delamater and Caron offered these tips for buying art:
- Select pieces you will want to own long-term.
- Don't worry about placement, as you can always find the right spot for art that you love.
- Buy one-of-a-kind works that fit your budget, rather than reproductions that anyone else can have in their home. The pair explained that "there's something about knowing you are the only one in the world that owns this work of art. Original works have a soulful quality that simply cannot be captured in reproductions, no matter how good."
Over 250 art pieces are on display at the Salon, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass work and sculptures. An additional 1,200 items are in a library of original images, which is available for anyone to browse. The art is procured through auctions, dealers, flea markets, antique fairs and private collections and estates.
It's now within the realm of possibility to buy a fantastic original painting. We may have to re-direct next month's coffee allowance towards some lovely new pottery for our nightstands.
(Edited from this post originally published 4.26.07)