Start Collecting

Think about this.

You could be an art collector.

What do you imagine when you read that sentence? The clink of champagne glasses, black tails and evening gowns? Polite laughter with interesting but snobby dinner guests? Think again.

Now is actually a great time to begin collecting art and in order to get started you needn’t be a tycoon! You can be ordinary you. With the incredible growth of internet art sales in the past few years and  the trend toward smaller collectible artwork by artists in all media, it’s easier than ever.

A quick google search will turn up dozens of helpful tips and interesting articles for the new collector and the collector with a limited budget. The most common counsel you will find:, “Collect what you like.” This may seem obvious at first but soon you may find yourself asking:

  • What will my friends and family  like?
  • What kind of art is popular now?
  • What, if anything, is a good investment?
  • What will fit into my home décor? and
  • What will fit into my home?

These are just a few questions that can influence your search for just the right initial acquisitions. The best advice? Ignore these concerns and collect what you like.

Nine Reasons  People Collect Art

  1. To Decorate (Accessorize)
  2. To Remember (Souvenir)
  3. To Inspire (Enrichment)
  4. To Relate (Friendship)
  5. To Amass (Gathering)
  6. To Impress (Status)
  7. To Support (Sponsor)
  8. To Invest (Speculation)
  9. To Share (Philanthropy)

To this list I would like to add Reason Number Ten, possibly the most important, reason to collect:

To Create.

Like the artist, the art collector has the ability to create something new and to offer this as a gift to others. An art collection, even a small one, is  a unique vision from a singular perspective. This unique vision is needed by the community. Collecting art is usually seen as a private endeavor. So is making art. In actuality, neither one of these activities is complete until shared with others. Both are essential for informing, inspiring and challenging society.

The small collector is an essential component in  a healthy community. Collecting is a high calling! It can be so much more than merely buying things you like. It can be participation in the shaping of culture and the way we think about ourselves .

Think about this: You could be an art collector.

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