Art itself has such a universal appeal that, for many purposes, it doesn’t matter if it is original art or not. Throughout time, people have loved the way art moves and inspires them. There are so many types of art that there is always something for every taste. That continues to be true. Can you imagine a world without art? One can’t help but think that art is central to many aspects of our life. Indeed, it is. Without it, the world would be an uninviting and unattractive place. Having said that, does it matter if we surround ourselves with original or reproduced art? How one answers this question will determine whether or not one is content with the art around them. It is an answer each person gets to determine for themselves. Just because a piece is original does not necessarily make it “better”, in and of itself, though there is a strong pull toward such a notion.
There is a difference between original art and reproduced art, but to many people, the differences are not something they even think about. It seems that as long as there is color on the wall, many people are content. However, to others, it makes a big difference. These people seek to define their surroundings with unique one-of-a-kind pieces. And that’s certainly understandable. There is a real appeal to having something that nobody else has.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of art that is mass-produced and marketed purely for the sole purpose of making more profit per piece. This sort of art is most likely to show up in college dorm rooms, hotel rooms, and other public places. When a piece of art is reproduced and cranked out for the masses, it just costs less than an original. Quick and cheap, but certainly not original.
So, what distinguishes original art from a reproduction? Original means that there is not another piece like it, it is the only one. It is special. And, it is only to be had in certain places. Purchasing original art can be a real test of your nerves. But if you do it right, you will know what you are buying and your purchase will increase in value over time. I recommend making connections with art gallery curators you trust. Galleries that specialize in original art pieces and limited-run editions can be a great resource for you if you are trying to make sure you avoid buying reproductions.
When it comes to paintings, it’s usually pretty simple to tell if it is original or not. If you have questions, check with your trusted curator. With things like sculptures, learn to look for individual pieces that are marked with a number indicating where they fall in a series. These limited edition pieces are still considered original art. Any future castings will not likely have the personalization that often characterizes the first casting.
Whether you choose original art or reproduced art, it is up to you to do your homework. Make sure you know what you are purchasing, enjoy what you decide on, and never regret your decision.