When the Gavel Falls

Why choose a private gallery over an auction house
July 18, 2023
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Private art galleries offer a distinct advantage in terms of their curated selection of artworks. Unlike auction houses, which primarily focus on consigned pieces, galleries meticulously handpick artworks for their exhibitions. This curation ensures a cohesive and thoughtful display that often reflects the gallery's artistic vision and individual tastes. By choosing a private gallery, art buyers can trust that each piece has been thoughtfully chosen, resulting in a more refined and personal collection. What’s more, unlike many auction house, a private gallery will often specialise in a particular artist or artistic movement. At Andipa, we share over 2,000 years of contemporary art and are, in particular, known for our extensive expertise and selection of Banksy original paintings and artworks. 

Private art galleries typically provide a highly personalised experience, allowing collectors to receive expert guidance and advice throughout the art-buying process. Gallery owners and staff possess in-depth knowledge of the artworks, artists, and current trends, enabling them to offer valuable insights and contextual information. This personalised attention can greatly enhance the buyer's understanding and appreciation of the artwork, fostering a deeper connection and ensuring a well-informed purchase. About how we operate

One of the most rewarding aspects of buying from private art galleries is the opportunity to build relationships with emerging and established artists. Galleries often collaborate closely with artists, providing them with a platform to showcase their work and gain recognition. By acquiring artwork directly from the gallery, buyers contribute to supporting and promoting artists' careers, fostering a sense of connection and investment in their artistic journey. Over the course of the last five decades we have had the pleasure of working directly with a wide range of leading contemporary artists and our private views and extensive exhibition programme have allowed our collectors and artists to share their passion of art.

While auctions can be thrilling, they often lack transparency regarding pricing. Private art galleries, on the other hand, offer clear and transparent pricing structures. Buyers can readily access information about an artwork's price and understand the gallery's commission, facilitating informed decision-making. Additionally, galleries are more likely to provide detailed documentation, including provenance and certificates of authenticity, providing buyers with peace of mind and protection against counterfeit or misrepresented artworks. 

Private galleries frequently organise art education programs, artist talks, and special events to engage and educate the public. These initiatives offer an enriching environment where collectors can delve deeper into the world of art. Engaging with the gallery's programs allows buyers to develop a broader understanding of art history, trends, and artistic techniques. It also provides opportunities to connect with other art enthusiasts and establish a sense of community within the gallery's vibrant ecosystem.

While auction houses continue to serve as important marketplaces for artworks, private art galleries offer a unique alternative that captivates buyers with their curated selection, personalised attention, and opportunities for artist engagement. The experience of acquiring art from a gallery transcends mere transactional value and opens doors to a world of discovery and connection. Whether you are a seasoned collector or an aspiring art enthusiast, a visit to a private art gallery can provide a captivating and fulfilling journey through the realm of art. For more information, and to speak to a member of our team, contact Andipa via sales@andipa.com or call +44 (0)20 7581 1244.