Secrets of Collecting Art
A Fortress Publishing book
Art collecting is a fascinating hobby and past-time or, if you are
really serious, the road to building an investment portfolio. An art collection can be one of the most
satisfying and enjoyable occupations giving the collector immense joy and delight to look at, touch and
admire. The sheer range of objects available for collection is breathtaking, from pictures, pottery, jewelry
to furniture and sculptures there is something to suit every pocket.
Sample Chapter 1 - Top Four Tips On Collecting Art
Art collection can be a favourable hobby, past-time, or even investment. If you are new to this kind of
activity, you can be overwhelmed with the vast number of approaches that you can choose from. So, to make things
easier for you, here are some of the best tips you can get in regards to collecting art.
Buy Because Of What?
First off, you should understand that you should buy an artwork because you like it. Yes,
it's just that simple. Although it may be
common sense, a lot of people still overlook this important idea. Some buy pieces because other people told them
so, or because they saw others buying something similar. If you find a piece that moves you, and you think can
enhance your life, then buy it! You do not have to wait for the approval of others to do so since the whole
decision is yours.
What use is the beauty of an artwork that you bought, if personally, you don't appreciate it or find it
disgusting, even? Remember, in collecting art, there is nothing more self-gratifying than seeing a piece that
communicates with you and moves your soul, most especially if it's a piece that remains fresh and exciting for you
even though you've seen it for hundreds of times. Go Gallery Hopping!
Another good thing to do when you're starting a collection is to go gallery hopping. Try to go to as many
art galleries that you can visit. Galleries' staff guides can be helpful to you and can add up to your art
education. Going to galleries can also be one good way of being exposed to different kinds of art, whether it is a
gallery on paintings, sculptures or prints.
Galleries provide you with the real thing. Thus, you can examine more of the details of different works of
art. Most of the time, galleries showcase some prestigious collections too. Viewing such, can yet be another way of
seeing the collections of other people and generating ideas for your own collection. Get Connected
Most galleries also have a mailing list that regularly update you on their latest happenings and events.
Being connected and up to date with what's happening is another way to help you start with your collection.
Sometimes, if there are openings or special events that these galleries hold, they can invite you to go.
Once you are invited, try your best to attend such events so that you can be more exposed to the industry.
Additionally, events like these can bring you opportunity to know more people within the industry, and find more
good deals around.
If there are not much of art galleries in your place, then you can still go local! Try visiting and
joining local art museums or non-profit art centers. You may be surprised to see how local talents in your area
create masterpieces that seem priceless, yet you can buy at a cheap price. Since probably most of them are still
budding artists, then you'll probably spot some good deals around in which the beauty of the piece remains
Also, the curators of such places sometimes provide lectures for those who are interested in collecting
art. Some lectures may have a very cheap fee, while some can come for free, especially if there are big companies
sponsoring the event.
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