Regardless of the innumerable “art collecting 101” articles out there, chances are, getting one’s start in that arena can be somewhat intimidating. Cue Metis Art, an art advisory started last year that looks to create a more holistic environment with which to gain appreciation of contemporary art, and in turn, its collection.
Established by art dealer Christina J. Chua and entrepreneur Cliff Hartono, Metis Art provides what they term an “approachable yet sophisticated curriculum” for busy professionals who are at various stages of art collection.
Art dealer Christina J. Chua co-founded Metis Art to help budding art collectors better understand the often confounding and complex art ecosystem.
To do so, Metis offers foundational classes called The Tetrad, which takes a multi-pronged approach to guide its patrons. For example, it covers anything from broad strokes of art history (can someone say, “context”) and the basics and language of collecting to understanding the complex ecosystem of galleries, art fairs, and museums, so that one walks away with a more nuanced overview, instead of simply advising clients to purchase works that’ll gain in financial value.
What’s more, half of the course fees are donated to local and international arts non-profits; beneficiaries of this year’s program are STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, DECK, Art Outreach and OH! Open House.
“We try as best we can to cultivate a deeper, more sustainable understanding of art collecting, so that it goes beyond simply acquiring pieces for your walls or assets for your portfolio, to philanthropically supporting one’s culture, art and heritage in the long-term,” says Chua.
Below, we talk to Chua on the Singapore artists she has her eye on, primary vs secondary art markets and her advice for novice collectors.
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