There is basic, common-sense advice from both professional art consultants and the lawyers who have the job of finding the right piece of art to buy.
One partner says, as a rule of thumb, that good pieces need space – don't crowd the walls.
There are several other pieces of advice:
take plenty of time in making your choice;
do not necessarily buy the first piece that you see;
one good source of art is shows by graduates, where work can be bought much cheaper;
always assemble a collection over a period of time – do not buy a 'job-lot';
try to decide on a general plan or structure, or even a particular theme – do not just buy willy-nilly;
the Corporate Art Buyer's Guide to Galleries and the Contemporary Art Society are good starting points for reference purposes;
try not to clash with the decor and don't buy anything too controversial.
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