Whether you’re compiling it for public display in a museum, or private display in your home, art curation is, funnily enough, an entire art form in itself. Art curators must be thoughtful, deliberate, and careful about selections, where to place them, and how to properly take care of them. 

Unless you’re curating works from lesser-known artists, you’re likely handling and displaying some fairly expensive materials, and you should treat them as such. Read on to understand the four main components you should consider when curating a collection of fine art, and why you should support that collection with fine art insurance.

Theme & Conceptualization

A central aesthetic can really work wonders at rounding out a fine art gallery. When you think about the world’s most renowned visual artists, photographers, or filmmakers, you can usually envision a cohesive, recognizable, and iconic, eye-popping “style.”

Bright, saturated, poppy color hues overlain with recognizable cultural imagery will be fairly recognizable as a Warhol-esque pop art style, for instance, while blocky, broken-up, and more abstract imagery will be identifiable as a Picasso-esque Cubist art style. 

Don’t just think about conceptualization on a superficial basis, though; communicate a clear message, purpose, and M.O. with your art curation.

Variety & Diversity

A central message is good in your art curation, but so is simultaneously incorporating variety. Whether stylistic, cultural, thematic, or all three, diversity in your fine art curation can really liven up the vibrance and themes of your art curation.

All art can arguably be classified as a creative expression, statement, commentary, or reflection that the artist is articulating about a facet of their existential condition. They could be producing art as a reflection or commentary on someone else’s existential condition, be they human, animal, or empty landscapes and abstract scenery.

So curating a collection that reflects a wide range of imagery, experiences, and walks of life will almost certainly be more impactful than one that does not.

Placement & Coordination

When curating works of fine art, you shouldn’t just think about the works of art themselves; you should also consider the room relative to where said works of art will be placed.

Consider color coordinating with nearby furniture. Think about how paintings will look in synchronicity with the paint coat of the walls. Try to place paintings and sculptures away from excess heat or UV light. Moreover, try to be considerate about spacing your artwork as evenly as possible.

Clutteriness and disorganization will NOT convert proper art curation. 

Protection & Preservation

The last thing a fine art curator wants is to have their valuable collection suffer theft, vandalism, or damage in any capacity. For maintenance, it’s crucial to follow proper handling and cleaning practices, as well. 

Moreover, you should consider investing in robust and reliable fine art insurance, so you can at least fall asleep with the peace of mind of knowing that your valuables will be reimbursed. Across California and the Greater Pacific Coast, you can’t find much better fine art insurance coverage options than FACE.

Still, have doubts? Then consider giving us a call to learn more ASAP!