Buying art can be stressful, it can be rewarding, and it can be a great way to class up your walls. But it’s rarely as fun and as convivial as it is at the annual Art Papers Art Auction. Many events rolled into one, the auction is an art party, a chance to buy art by accomplished artists — at incredibly reasonable prices — and the perfect opportunity to begin a collection.
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Pointers from the pros
• Get there early and walk around and look at the art before you bid on anything. For the work you’re interested in, take notes on the location and take a picture of it. Then go back to the art if you want to make a bid. — Karen Comer Lower, curator and arts consultant
• If you are in a bidding war, don’t increase your bid by the suggested increments – double or triple it. — Michael Rooks, curator of modern and contemporary art at the High Museum of Art
• Go early for food and stay late for drink. There are always a lot of people coming and going throughout the night, and you will be surprised how many folks you run into. Try to talk to as many artists as you can; new perspectives are a free perk of the party. — Ruth Dusseault, artist and visiting faculty at Emory University
Art Papers Art Auction. Collector’s Preview, $175, 7-9 p.m. Jan. 31. Auction, $45 advance, $55 door, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 1. Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive, Atlanta. 404-588-1837, www.artpapers.org/auction