Creating a true collection of art can be tricky. Although your tastes may vary widely and your choice of art reflects this, grouping a mismatch selection of pieces together does not make an art collection. Simply collecting art you love and can live with is crucial, and if this is your only goal then there is no need to worry about organizing your art. However, if you intend to create a cohesive and appreciating art collection, much more thought must go into buying art. To this end here are a few tips for starting your very own art collection.

1)     First and foremost do buy art you love. Make sure that its primary value to you is not financial but aesthetic and emotional. After all, unless you are a very wealthy speculator buying art simply for investment, you will have to live with your purchase.

2)     Museums and galleries have a collections policy that dictates what they will accession. You can set out your own objectives in a similar way. Begin by setting out a sort of ‘mission statement’ that communicates the purpose of your collection. Then define the scope of this collection and collect accordingly.

3)     Choose a theme. If you want a collection, rather than a 'cabinet of curiosities', it must be grouped and ordered to make sense. For example, you can have a collection of shrunken heads, or a collection of pop art. You can also collect an artist, so a collection of Andy Warhol.

4)     Once you have started your collection organize your art by style, artist, date, and region. Document everything including artist’s name, date created, medium, title, size, exhibitions piece appeared in with dealers name and date, and museum collection if applicable.

5)     A collection should never be static. You should always be adding to and growing your collection when possible.


January 03, 2014

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