((Essay from: "Art In King Size Beds: A Collector's Journal."))
They're the words that can drive any serious artist straight to the liquor cabinet.
"Yes, but will it match my sofa?"
Needless to say, those words aren't likely to flow from the mouths of serious art collectors. That's what I’d like to think, anyway. Whenever I see a great piece of art that moves me, if I can afford it, I buy it. Plain and simple. Never once has "matching" ever been a consideration. I'm sure that's because I'm a guy. Still, if you're a true art lover, then art should be the main priority.
A few artists have told me about past clients who were furnishing homes. Somehow, the artists believed the clients were driven by artistic considerations, but later learned that their concerns were mainly decorative. I guess you can't completely blame the clients. Who doesn't want to live in a nice home? Despite that, art goes much deeper than decoration. Art should really move you on some emotional, intellectual or spiritual level. There should be a personal connection. I like to think that even if I don't understand what an artist is saying through their work, at least I can come up with my own interpretation. My own reading of a piece does not include matching a sofa.
I think people who are concerned about "matching" are insecure. Why do things have to match, anyway? If they don't match does that mean your friends or houseguests will think less of you? Will your social standing plummet? If that is true, I would find new friends! Sometimes the people in our lives don't make for a good "match."
Art is about expression. It's about the mysterious relationship between the artist, the artwork and the buyer. To me, that's the perfect match. No one has to understand that but the buyer.
So, what should you do if that fantastic painting you've purchased clashes with your sofa? I say, live with it and don’t invite the critics over because you just brought home your "true" match. Your soul mate, at last.