Begin your quest on a weekend afternoon or evening and you just might find yourself rubbing elbows with famous painters at opening exhibition parties. Gallery directors like Angela Di Bello of Agora Gallery in New York, will give you a comprehensive background of the artists on display. If you make a genuine impression, Di Bello said most galleries will give a 10% discount on art purchases. Others might go as far as introducing you to the artist.
The rise of the art websites — there are more than 300 now — is another big trend that helps would-be buyers. Experts also say these online transaction platforms could eventually increase valuation of art because they add liquidity to the lower end of the market.
Think of it as the younger generation coming in and saying “‘there’s got to be a way to make this accessible to us,” said Tze Chun, CEO of online art marketplace Uprise Art.