What do you do if you own too much art? You find yourself in the situation where you have more art than you have walls or shelves.
(This is probably a good problem to have since most people do not have enough art in their lives.) See http://williamswatercolors.com/blog/art-luxury-necessity/
I know a lot of people who are downsizing their housing. Or as you become a collector, it becomes a happy habit that exceeds your wall space.
I have one idea borrowed from the way galleries work and one from an enthusiastic collector friend of mine. (In fact, this topic is a suggestion of hers.)
But this doesn’t apply to me you say. It reminds me of the old Steve Martin joke: “How do you make a millions dollars and not pay any taxes? First, get a million dollars…” So, first get a bunch of art work. 🙂
These concepts may help you buy more art if you’re reluctant since you “don’t have any room”. And I think these ideas work for anything that you may have collected over the years.
But first, do you really have too much art? There are creative ways to hanging more art.
There are picture frame “collages”. This is basically closely grouping many frames so they occupy one space.
Don’t worry about what the interior designers may say and whether it will all “fit together”. Sandy Askey Adams says that if you buy art that you love, it will naturally fit together because it is all a reflection of your tastes. And she says “don’t worry about the frame or the painting matching up with another art piece you might already have hanging in a particular room. You can hang oils, watercolors, pastels, and acrylics together on a wall. Trust what you like and your instinct. Matted works behind glass can be hung along side those without mats and just frames. You can also hang still life with landscape or figurative artworks.”
The gallery solution
But let’s say you do prefer a clean look with fewer items on the wall. Here are two ideas.
Galleries stock many works that are not on display at any given time so frequent visitors will see “new” works. They often feature a specific artist who may get several artworks shown while the rest of the artists they represent have one or two on display.
You can too swap out different artwork or even move it around. Of course, you may have some special pieces that you always want to be able to see.
Share the wealth
Another option: Donate to auctions. This is what my collector friend does.
This is a multiple win situation. You support the arts. You get original art work to admire and show off in your home. Later you get to support a cause you believe in. And someone else gets to own art who may not have had the opportunity or inclination.
Do you have any creative ways that you have displayed art or collectables?
If you have an idea for a blog post, let me know!