What is an Art Advisor?
According to the Association of Professional Art Advisors (APAA) an art advisor “provides professional guidance to the collector on the acquisition, installation and maintenance of works of art, including: supporting the collector’s vision, arranging tours, lectures, and other art-related educational opportunities providing access to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios, and working with architects, designers and other related professionals.”
What is the difference between an art advisor and an art dealer?
Art advisors occasionally transact deals in order to better serve their clients, but refrain from maintaining inventory to ensure impartiality when advising clients. The art advisor’s commitment is to the client and the best interests of the client’s collection.
The art advisor is paid solely by the client for this expertise. The advisor has no profit interest and realizes no financial gain from the purchase or sale of any specific work of art. The art advisor’s responsibility usually goes beyond the purchase to installation and maintenance of the work.
An art dealer is committed to specific artists. He or she profits from the sale of works by those artists.