Should you buy art because you love it or because it’s an investment?

There are around 1,700 works of art for sale in Sydney Contemporary’s online version of its sprawling art fair – and you don’t have to be an expert to buy a painting or sculpture for less than $ 100. $. The 11-day fair has a sliding price scale, so you can select your budget and search for ceramics, photographs, textiles and other works from around 400 artists represented by more than 80 galleries.

You do not know where to start ? Large format asked seven very different art lovers – from one of the country’s top chefs to a top fashion designer – what they look for when shopping for art.

Abdul Abdullah, multidisciplinary artist
I look for works that excite and challenge me – it could be what they communicate or the particular ways they communicate it. I am looking for artists who constantly contribute to a critical dialogue. I look at the resumes of the artists. I also look for works that give me joy. I am inspired by art which offers a unique perspective. I also love beautiful things and am looking for an art that will be as exciting in 50 years as it is now. Damn, if I could own a Juan Davila I’d be pretty happy.

Abdullah’s choices: those of Juan Davila Ralco, 2016; that of Paul Yore When will this end 2021; Julie Dowling’s Galadia, 2018.

Benjamin Law, writer, journalist, columnist and screenwriter
When I buy art, I look for a combination of playfulness, provocation and depth. An art which is beautiful, but which also has something to say. Art that deploys presumptions, explodes lazy pre-existing assumptions about history, politics and identity. And, of course, art that has been done with care and passion.

Law’s choice: Atong Atem’s Banksia (large), 2021; Betty Kuntiwa Pumani’s Antara, 2020; Tony Albert’s You destroy me # 56, 2020; Lindy lee Black dew, 2021.

Bianca Spender, fashion designer
I’m looking for creativity, shape, and layers that you can deploy every time you watch it. I am looking for creations that evoke the senses and a deep emotional response. I am looking for originality, a unique perspective and a point of view that makes you think or see the world in a different way. In paintings and drawings, I want to be able to feel the engraving and paint flowing off the canvas and I’m drawn to sculptures that you can touch for a tactile sensation that adds a third dimension.

Spender’s choice: Graziela Guardino’s choice Between, 2021; Daniel Boyd’s Untitled (SPLDDMNDX), 2021; Joshua Yeldham’s Mangrove web, 2021; Robert “Tommy” Pau’s On Rooled, 2020; Tim silver Untitled (Heartbeats) JM, 2021; Tamara Dean To aim, 2021.

Barry Keldoulis, director of Sydney Contemporary
I think there’s an element of the Kinsey scale to buying art; 10 percent buy only for investment and 10 percent buy only for love. But most people fall somewhere in between. If you are buying as an investment, you should buy what you like – or at least “like a lot” because you are likely going to meet him physically often. Once something has caught your eye, check out the artist’s resume and bio. Look for exhibition history, collections, prizes and awards, education (although not essential, it certainly isn’t bad if they’ve been to a good art school) and the originality. Recently I added a sixth, personal integrity. But if you really, really like it, you should buy it. Your support for the artist will help consolidate his reputation and support his practice.

The choice of Keldoulis: that of Anna Eggert Swamps, 2021; Dan Elborne’s Remainder S4.13 – S4.15, 2021; Hannalie Taute I can only soften this curse…, 2021; Jenna Lee’s White grass tree 1, 2021.

Hannah Tribe, Principal Designer, Tribe Studio Architects
There is a kind of paradoxical and pleasant uneasiness when one falls in love with a work of art. It may be a little difficult, a little unsettling; it should be asking you to think and feel, and maybe thinking and feeling are out of balance or at odds. The impulse to create and share things is one of the most inspiring parts of our humanity, and if those things are smart or beautiful or moving or funny or delicious or melancholy or stimulating or all of the above then I am. inside.

Choice of tribe: Gretchen Albrecht, Study for “After Goya – Maria Teresa in White”, 2020; Mitch cairns Self-portrait with incoming idea, 2021; Jude Rae, SL452, 2021; Linda Marrinon Archaeological excavations in Syria, 2021.

Wesley Enoch, Writer, Director, QUT Indigenous Chair in Creative Industries
I look at the skills, the history and the style. I want to see a level of craftsmanship expressed in the work. I am drawn to the story he tells about our society, whether in the work or in the artist’s story. I want to see a strong aesthetic language – beauty or ugliness.

Enoch’s choices: those of Noel McKenna April 27, 2021; Jenny watson Girl with white cat, blond hair, blue dress, purple stockings, pink shoes and black handbag, 2021; Nellie Ngampa Coulthard Tjuntala Ngurangka (Country with Acacia Wattle), 2020; At Antoinette O’Brien’s Pearl, 2021.

Kylie Kwong, Chef and Owner, Lucky Kwong
I love culturally diverse art because the more voices we have around the table, the richer, deeper and better our lives become. I love art in which you can see, smell and feel the strong spirit and voice of the artist. I love art that is not only aesthetic, but also expresses a social or cultural statement. I am guided by my emotional response to art first and foremost; I buy for love, not to invest – I appreciate that the two are very different.

Kwong’s Choices: Karla Dickens’ Choices 17th century warrior woman, 2017; Alan constable Untitled, 2021; Beverly burton Ngayuku Ngura, 345-21TA, Tjala Arts, 2021; Abdullah MI Syed Currency of Love (CLS9-2021-ILS200 –V1) Israeli New Shekel 200, 2021.

Explore Sydney Contemporary runs November 11-21.

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