Full-bodied art analysis (II)
A four point guide for buying Cuban visual arts
“Full-bodied art analysis” is the second installment of this series and it dives down into the importance of assuring a complete art analysis to anyone intending to make an art acquisition. To this post follows "Reliable art advising" and then "Reach out to the artists" as the final entry of the four contributions.
In the Cuban context, and mostly in the Island scene, things can easily go beyond any expectancy (for the best, but also for the worst). Working with proven professionals, knowledgeable of well-known procedures and up to date methodologies, is possible.
Full-bodied art analysis: expect from your art advisors a robust approach to the object of your interest. Cuba stacks significant investigations by regarded academic institutions, universities, art organizations and museums, that respectable art advising will know how to make use of to substantiate the consultation. This is a particularly striking distinction in Cuba’s visual art scene and a bonus you will be thankfully entitled to when buying art.
<<This series does not lay out a step by step manual for buying Cuban visual arts; the intention is to be narrative to collectors about the context in which a Cuban art acquisition takes place and some of the categories involved in the process.>>
As an advance about the subject of Cuban art acquisitions and the appropriate methodologies and procedures to follow, below is a Chart employed for practical purposes regarding categories such as artworks pricing. The diagram sets four different levels: Emergent artists, Mid- career artists, Advanced career, and Cuban Masters.
Note: the above Chart for the Investment scope is a concrete delimitation to initiate the work towards the goal of making a successful art acquisition. It is important to note that the boundaries across categories are not intended to be static but practical and they will be elucidated during the advising process. There are young Contemporary artists like Wilfredo Prieto with market records equivalent to several living maestros. It’s also relevant noting that there are lower valued pieces by relevant painters who lived during the XX Century Cuban Vanguadia and even modernist artists from decades before that time, that have not broadly circulated in the international market (despite the quality and artistic merit of their work).
As well as while assessing emergent and mid-career artists, it is advised to proceed with complete precision when interested in masters of the credited 20th Century Vanguardia period. With these artists, in particular, collectors are in their own right to gain access to the most qualified Cuban art authenticators and art valuers, many of whom have dedicated their full careers to research and study the great Cuban Avant-Garde masters.
Employed by museums, conservationist institutions and other Cuban government-run organizations, many of the Cuban art experts have had to focus their practice mainly away from the art market arena. Now with the right leadding expert managing the consultation and purchasem you can take advantage of the possibility of having a number of opinions clipping up your bid as a collector and bring sense to what originally triggered you into acquiring Cuban art.
The extensive scholar production can be an essential part of the mining for relevant Cuban art acquisitions.
Earning academic research evidence of the substance of your purchase is highly recommended. Apropos Cuba Fine Art Box establishes a methodology to enrich its consultations and thus issues a Support Document for the investment in Cuban art which reflects supportive documentation and details of the analysis conducted to substantiate your visual art purchase.
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