Why collect art?
Art collecting is one of life's most rewarding and enriching experiences.
For some it is about a sense of community and friendship, and for others it is about being at the forefront of contemporary culture and international style. Some see art as a keen investment, while others see it as the purest form of artistic expression and emotional connection.
No matter what your motivation may be for collecting art, The Smart Collector will help to introduce you to the world of art and it's various aspects. Knowing where and how to begin your collection will make your journey into art collecting a much more satisfying and enjoyable one.
What is art?
Art is typically defined through the expression and application of human creative skill and imagination, regardless of its form. Whether it be painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking (or the various other forms i.e photography, music, dance, performance, conceptual, theatre etc.) one thing all art has in common is its ability to convey powerful human emotions in a way which can be shared, experienced and understood by all.
Where to start?
All extraordinary art collections begin with collectors who possess a great deal of passion to experience, learn and champion the art and the artists with whom they share the deepest connection. Art speaks to a multitude of sensibilities and there are as many different types of artwork in the world as there are people. Finding what you love is essential to getting on the winning track to creating the collection of your dreams.
How much does it cost to collect art?
The price of entry for beginning any art collection varies greatly and depends on your objectives as a collector. Are you interested in the historical value of art or are you looking for the latest trends in the art market? Do you prefer to support your local emerging art scene or are you more interested in acquiring art created by tried and true established artists? Are you looking to invest in art that will significantly increase in value over time or are you simply interested in decorating your home with beautiful artwork to enjoy casually with no future monetary gain? Are you collecting to impress your friends and achieve a certain social status, or more so to satisfy an innate desire to immerse yourself in beauty and culture?
These are all important questions to ask yourself before embarking on this exciting adventure. Being well-informed and knowing what your goals and objectives are for collecting art are the first-step to building an extraordinary collection and will greatly enhance your experience and ultimately, your success as an art collector.