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As art has evolved over
many centuries so has the ways to buying it. Cyberspace is
the latest and virtually the most preferred method these
days for sales and auctions and just about browsing. The
excitement of moving around in a virtual gallery is
addictive to the new age art buyers too. The biggest
advantage is the discretion involved in the sales and
auctions. Who would have thought that art galleries
themselves would opt for on line marketing? It is so much
easier to click and buy, or bid and buy. Most of the rules
of buying and selling remain unchanged but a buyer has to be
net–savvy and well informed to understand the systems. Each
on line gallery gives handy tips to purchase without a fuss.
Advantages of On Line Galleries
Most people today have extremely busy lives finding no time
to do even basic chores during work hours. After work, there
is only time to rush home rather than walk into an art
gallery for an exhibition. Unless one is, a total art
aficionado and does not mind going to an art gallery and
check out an exhibition. If there are two or more
exhibitions or art events happening simultaneously in
different directions it is difficult to go everywhere no
matter how much one wants to. Worst still if the exhibition
is for a short period one tends to miss the event
With the advantage of most
gallery owners having a website one can avail of the
1. If you are listed with, the art gallery update emails of
future events can be sent.
2. A small preview of the artist and the artwork is sent via
email as a teaser.
3. If interested in actually visiting the gallery you can
plan your dates accordingly.
4. A website can have an archive full of previous exhibition
and paintings details for references.
5. If there are more than one or two art events then one can
definitely go on line and check out if it worthwhile to go
all the way physically.
6. On line, galleries allow one to surf at one’s own pace.
No botheration of opening and closing timings in cyberspace.
7. On line, galleries allocate genuine members a service
number or special access to check how paintings can be sold.
8. Quite a few of the artists have their own websites with
their works online. There can be no question of a fake
involved if one can directly deal with the artist.
9. Seeing the easy nature of using internet and its various
advantages auction houses too have their own on line
galleries. Bidding and buying is allowed for regular
10. Several art dealers have their websites with artworks of
variety of artists and mixed media artworks. An on line
member has the advantage of surfing through and then
deciding what he wants to buy.
Most on line sales are supported by physical deliveries of
artworks. In addition, some time is given to register any
complains. Until now, there have been no cases of fraudulent
sales on line or during auctions. Art patrons are happy with
their choice of websites and deal with them regularly.
Proof of authenticity,
provenance of the artist’s works are given once the sale is
completed. Discrepancies do arise sometimes and it is best
to check up with the owners before it is too late. For
investors on line galleries is a haven. It allows them to
invest in various deals just as they would do at the stock
exchange. Every on line gallery has terms and agreements for
the buyers and sellers. Read the finer print before making a
foray in cyberspace. - By N. A Nagpal
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