Tips on Collecting Art

Interested in collecting art but don’t know where to begin?

For a newcomer to art, the art market can be daunting. Even a collector experienced in modern art may find navigating the contemporary art field an uncertain prospect. The art world can be a complex, opaque terrain, with practical information, such as on pricing and insurance hard to find, and with the variety of forms and media contemporary art revels in, it can be difficult to separate actual artistic talent from clever marketing.

Some points to keep in mind:

  • Start exploring your local art community. Attend exhibitions, engage with artists and try visiting their studios, if possible.
  • Read up: knowing art history will give you a fuller appreciation for a work of art. Plus, knowledge of related works will help you better understand the value of a piece.
  • And most importantly, only purchase pieces that you love. No artist or genuine art lover wants to see art sold as just another commodity. If you’re not passionate about a work of art, don’t buy it.

The Guardian offers some useful tips on starting an art collection.Read here.



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