Secure Private Storage Facilities For Art Work

Whether you are looking for somewhere to store your furniture for a while, or simply want to keep precious pieces of art out of harm’s way, you will probably need to avail of private storage facilities. Good art can be quite expensive and can also go up in value over time, depending on the recognition that the artist gets. Collectors may want to find the best place to keep their art when they are not displaying it.

Safety First

The very first thing you need to look out for is safety. This means making sure that the private storage facilities you use are going to keep the art dry. When it comes to paintings, you do not water or damp to get into the chamber therefore the entire place needs to be sealed off. It is also necessary to take a look at the material from which the works are made, to make sure that it is stored at an agreeable temperature.

Pricing

The amount you pay is going to depend on a lot of factors. You will need to make sure that you look at everything, such as the security features that have been put in place and general maintenance. Rental can be quite expensive in some areas, so some collectors may choose to store their art in another part of the country.

You will also need to take a look at the amount of space your work is going to take up.

Benefits

By getting experts who regularly store works of art, you will know that your property is kept safe and will be maintained properly. Above all, storing precious art work away will usually mean that it is safe from the likes of fire and theft. Depending on the price, some people may decide to take out insurance as well.

If you choose to store several pieces in the same place, you can also get a discounted deal. By going with professional experts who specialize in storing art, you can end up paying a reasonable price. Of course, for collectors, some art is priceless and therefore any option will do.

Protection from the Elements and Security

Many of the places are fireproof, so there is no need to worry about fire damage. A lot of facilities will also make sure that there is no way for the rain to get in. Protection from the elements is what any collector will want for their pieces.

Twenty-four-hour security is often provided at such facilities as well. Many of them may already be located in somewhat isolated areas, so people generally do not have to worry about this. There will also be a security system put in place with alarm and cameras. Overall, collectors will know that they can rely on the facility they use.

Guest blogger: Leslet Gibson is a avid art blogger with a specialized interest in art appraisal.

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The Story of Street Art in Buenos Aires

For most of us, graffiti or ‘tagging’ is considered an act of vandalism; the graphic representation of a bored and disaffected youth that feels it has no other outlet to express its societal discontent. In Britain, artists such as Banksy have raised graffiti-as-art into mainstream consciousness, introducing an unexpected element of commercialism if not respectability to the genre.

In Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires, street art enjoys an entirely different reception. Here, intricate, colourful, surreal and artistic graffitos and murals are virtually welcomed and celebrated, brightening city streets and buildings in a way that is inoffensive and accepted by city dwellers. In fact, the street art of Buenos Aires has gained commercial respect in its own right; many companies now offer guided tours of the finer examples to be found around the city.

The Political Origins of Buenos Aires Street art

As with much graffiti worldwide, the burgeoning culture of modern Buenos Aires street art had politically-motivated beginnings. In the political instability and economic depression immediately following the 1955 coup which deposed radical Argentinian President Juan Peron, competing political parties paid supportive activists to daub the capital city’s walls with political slogans. In retaliation, a counter-culture of purely aesthetic and non-political street art appeared at around the same time.

Further political upheavals in Argentina’s history inadvertently fuelled the fire of Buenos Aires’ street art scene. Following seven years of violent political protest and disorder which ultimately saw the disastrous re-election of the Peron family to Argentinian presidency, a military dictatorship was established in 1976 which saw all expressions of protest – including street art – declared illegal. A new era of democracy returned following public polls in 1983 and street art in Buenos Aires began to flourish once more.

The 21st Century – A Turning Point for Buenos Aires Street Art

In 2001 a combination of circumstances including the linking of the Argentinian Peso with the American Dollar, a dramatic fall in tax revenues and the fallout from years of heavy government borrowing resulted in Argentina’s worst ever financial crisis. Mass unemployment and the imposition of restrictions on bank withdrawals led to large-scale rioting and the ultimate resignation of then president Fernando de la Rua.

Once more a turbulent political scene gave new motivation and emphasis to the street artists of Buenos Aires. They did not, however, turn to expressions of anger or protest at the devastating mismanagement of Argentina’s affairs by successive governments, but instead painted the city’s walls with scenes intended to lift the population’s spirits, combining humour and vibrant cartoon colours to combat the prevailing grey mood. This form of optimistic, aesthetic and non-confrontational street art became the norm, and continues to dominate the streets and neighbourhoods of Argentina’s capital city today.

Buenos Aires street Art Today

In contrast with the world’s other major cities, graffiti and street art has been effectively de-criminalised in Buenos Aires. Free from the risk of prosecution and with the endorsement of the populous, street artists can take their time to produce true works of art on the city’s walls and buildings. The results are often breathtaking, but always imaginative, colourful and fun. Beautiful abstract and surreal works sit cheek-by-jowl with expertly executed portraits, whilst cartoons in bright primary colours sit alongside intricately stencilled images. Far from an act of vandalism, Buenos Aires’ embrace of street art has transformed the city into the world’s largest, most diverse and greatest art gallery.

Guest blogger: Enid Hutt Gallery sells art by contemporary artists including Buenos Aires-born Fabian Perez prints