When you purchase a piece of artwork, there are several things you need to consider to protect your purchase. This is part 3 of a several part series of considerations and tips when you purchase art.
Hanging and Storing Your Artwork:
- You should never hang expensive artwork over a fireplace; it should be protected from heat and direct sunlight.
- If you can afford it and the artwork is expensive, get a professional service to hang your artwork. Make sure to use the appropriate type of hangers.
- Ask the gallery or a professional framing store for the appropriate type of hangers for your artwork.
- When storing artwork, always keep it at least 3 inches off the floor. Make sure that the temperature and humanity is stable year round.
- Document the artwork: size, condition, type, identifying numbers or markings, correct title and date of the artwork, how it's framed and what's the prominent subject matter.
- Photograph the artwork from different angles.
- Keep artwork information and records in a safe place - a safe deposit box or in a separate building. Also include the bill of sale, artist statement, appraisal, articles about the artist, etc.