Luxury auctioneer Christie’s recently announced a record-breaking sale that netted $495 million for a collection of contemporary art from the likes of Jackson Pollack and Jen-Michel Basquiat, and everyone was too dazzled by the big bucks to ask one obvious question – how do you <em>display</em> something like that?
The answer: very (bleeping) carefully.
Seriously, though, let’s imagine for a moment that it was you who just dropped $58.3 million on Pollack’s “No. 19, 1948” and you actually want to hang it up. You’re an art <em>appreciator</em>, not a profiteer! So, what’s the first step?
<strong>Insurance / Security</strong>
There is insurance specifically for things like fine art – get some! Also, this isn’t the time to try and pull the burglar fake-out with the sign and sticker that announces there’s an alarm when there is no alarm. In addition to installing your own <a title="Security Systems" href="http://www.atgstores.com/security-systems_2457.html" target="_blank">security system</a> and <a title="Security Lights" href="http://www.atgstores.com/security-lights_430.html?linkloc=topnav" target="_blank">security lights</a>, you would do well to consult a professional that appreciates confidentiality, because …
You’re a big shot so you knew enough to buy the piece anonymously, but just as important is that you don’t go blathering about your purchase to the neighbors – or security professionals with loose lips and/or light fingers. Remember: at this point, no one knows you have it but you, so you get to very carefully select your audience. Otherwise, you’re just going to have to lock it up.
<strong>Hanging / Mounting</strong>
Again, professional installation is recommended, but in the event you decide to do the work in-house, ensure that your hanging hardware is rated to support <em>at least</em> 25% more weight than the max weight of your art. Also, 1) mount the piece under non-reflective museum-quality glass that offers protection against UV rays, 2) never touch the art with your bare hands, 3) do not install the piece near heat sources or vents and 5) keep the display room between 68-75ºF.
Non-reflective glass will give you options on where to place your lighting, but it will ultimately depend on the piece. Some works are better presented with light at a distance, while others look better when the <a title="Picture Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/picture-lights_455.html" target="_blank">picture light</a> is attached to the frame (if so, remember to calculate the light’s weight into the max weight). Ambient light alone will likely not be enough, so you might consider mounting lights on the ceiling or the floor, depending on size.
<a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these tips help you to properly protect and display your most prized masterpiece – from Pollack’s paint drips to the finest flea-market velvet Elvis.