Ten Tips to Remember When Starting or Building a Collection
Good Reminders for anyone interested in collecting art:
- Buy art because you love it and because it moves you. Art is a vehicle for us to rise above the mundane, at least for a time, into a transcendent space. Art should bring happiness, peace, excitement, inspiration, joy.
- Visit galleries often. Gallery staff can be helpful guides in your art education. There are sincere and honest dealers out there who can assist you in the process. Find one you can trust.
- Get on gallery mailing lists, so you'll be invited to openings and special events. And then... attend them.
- Join your local art museums and non profit art centers. Museums are tremendous resources. Take an hour to go and sit with one or two paintings. It doesn't need to be an all day excursion. Also, be sure to check the museum calendar. Curators often give lectures on special exhibitions that can be insightful and helpful in your education.
- Attend National and International Art Fairs and Art Expos whenever possible. These are fun events and often provide exposure to different periods, styles, and mediums.
- Learn from other art collectors. Talk to them and find out what they know, mistakes they have made, and suggestions they might have.
- Read books on art history and collecting. Exposure to the masters will continually help cultivate an eye for quality.
- Subscribe to a few art magazines. These publications are designed to educate and expose readers to quality contemporary and historical works.
- Read reviews by local and national art critics. This of course can also be dangerous, so be sure to keep in mind that reviews usually just reflect just one person's opinion. Always return to the number one reason for buying art; you love it.
- Working with a professional art advisor / art consultant is a good way to learn about art collecting. Consultants walk you through the process and point out possibilities and perhaps more importantly, help you avoid potential problems.
- Once you've educated yourself and have fallen in love with a work of art, buy it, take it home, and let it bring you the happiness it was intended for.