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How a Field Trip Inspired My Next Art Purchase


Headed to The Guggenheim or The Getty Center? Let your weekend trip to the museum inspire your next art purchase.

Sound expensive? You may be saying, “Sure, I’d love to own a Picasso but I’m no Rockefeller!” And neither am I. Whether you’ve purchased art before or not, sometimes a little point in the right direction is needed.

Your taste in artwork is already engaged when you select which museum you’ll visit. So, use this opportunity to take your creative interests a step further by enjoying the freedom to explore your intuition when it comes to art. After all, there’s no built-in pressure to buy at the museum the way you may feel when going to a gallery. Forget your art history lessons, the artwork’s value, and your budget just for the day. Within the walls of the museum, get in touch with your creative side. Walk through the museum’s galleries and notice what speaks to you.

Maybe you see a Jackson Pollack and think, “Wow, I love the scale! I want to buy something big.” Maybe you see a Mark Rothko and realize that you are so moved by color you want your next art purchase to be a all about color. Or maybe a Richard Serra print will inspire a very graphic black and white image that tickles your mid-century sensibilities. Let the art on those museum walls talk to you. If you are responding to a Caravaggio, maybe you like portraiture or the exploration of light and shadows. If Van Gogh has always been a favorite, is it because you like bright colors? whimsy? or very expressive painting styles? What exactly are you responding to? Let the answers you discover at the museum shape your art collection and let your own artistic voice shine through the art you buy.

My recent trip to “Slash: Paper Under The Knife,” a paper exhibit at Manhattan’s Museum of Arts & Design, inspired me to make this art form my next purchase. I was already interested in paper when I planned this visit, and the moment I walked into this show I was so excited by the creative use of paper and the unusual treatments the artists employed using this ubiquitous material. Not even half way through the show, I was determined to start looking for a piece of artwork in this genre that I love and can afford. That makes my hunt for art so much easier! See below for images that inspired me from this exhibit paired with artwork that is a very real possibility to own. kevinkunstadt

From “Slash: Paper Under The Knife” Inspiration art: Carol Kunstadt/photo: Kevin Kunstadt


Possible purchase: Jan Sessler/photo: Jan Sessler


From “Slash: Paper Under The Knife” Inspiration art Mia Pearlman/photo: Jason Mandella


Possible purchase: Mia Pearlman/photo: Voluta


From “Slash: Paper Under The Knife” Inspiration art: Mona Hatoum/photo: Stephen White

gwen courtesy of Flickr

Definite purchase: Mexican paper flags/photo: Gwen, courtesy of Flickr

Experiencing an emotional connection to your purchases increases your love for them. The story surrounding each piece of art you buy becomes half the fun of collecting. So… get inspiration for your next art purchase by visiting a museum and observing what works speak to you. Use that as your guide.

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Comments (2)

  1. Carole P. Kunstadt
    December 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks so much for choosing my work for this post, I love the topic of inspiration, and it’s very relevant to this series actually.

    The inspiration for “Slash: Paper Under The Knife” came from working with the pages of a Parish Psalmody dated 1844. I had casually purchased the book many years prior. In working with this aged text, embracing its inherent qualities, the paper itself gained significance through the process and merges with a new intent, at times playful, intimate, and surprising. The pages of psalms provided intriguing elements to further explore: the strong discoloration, the sensitive fragility, the implications of the text and the time worn effect on the paper from extended usage. Ultimately the series of over sixty works evokes an ecumenical offering – poems of praise and gratitude. To see more works from the series check out http://www.carolekunstadt.com.

    – Carole

  2. Jan Sessler
    December 13, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you for posting my piece, Heartsease and for your interest in my work. I would love to know where you saw it. More of my work and information can be found on my website: http://jansessler.com/

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