Art Collection is a blog about how to curate your art collection. Every week, I feature a new piece of artwork from my collection in an image and at least one writing entry on the artist, piece, or art world that it comes from.
Art collecting is not just buying artwork; it’s also knowing how to display the artwork you already have and understanding why you want each piece of artwork in your collection.
Art Collection will help you do all of these things by featuring new work each week, discussing how to choose the right pieces for your collection, and telling stories about how and why I fell in love with the pieces I’ve collected.
I ran across a new blog that I think is going to be a great resource for art collectors. It’s entitled Art Collection: A Blog About How to Curate Your Art Collection. The author, Gary Sohmers, is an art dealer and collector in Florida who has developed the art collection of a lifetime over a period of several decades.
Towards the end of his career as an international lawyer, he began to realize that he had amassed a large collection of contemporary art that was worth more than his house. He decided to switch careers and become an art dealer. He started with contemporary artists but soon discovered that there was very little demand for that sort of work. In fact, there were few buyers at all for contemporary art works being sold by anyone other than the artist.
But the paintings he most admired were not being made by contemporary artists but by the Old Masters, so that is what he began to collect. Now he specializes in Old Master paintings and his collection has grown to include many important works by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Rubens, Titian, Poussin, Degas and others.
It’s easy to get caught up with all the hype surrounding contemporary art and forget that there is still some very good work being done
Having a well-curated art collection is about more than just aesthetics. A good art collection makes for a great living space and attracts attention from visitors, which can also be very important in various aspects of your life.
All of this is to say that collecting art is a worthwhile activity, but it’s not easy to get right. It often requires the guidance of an expert, and even if you have one on hand, they can still be difficult to understand. So here are some tips to help you build a collection that fits your tastes, budget, and space.
The first step in collecting art is knowing your tastes and budget. For example, do you want to focus on framed prints or canvases? They can look very different hung on a wall, so think about how you want your collection to look before making any purchases.
If you’re starting a collection from scratch, start small: don’t invest thousands of dollars in artwork right away. Establishing a collection with strong pieces will do more for your reputation than an enormous quantity of mediocre ones. Make sure that when you buy something you really like it; buying something because it’s generally considered good or because other people like it won’t help much in the long run. Art has been around long enough
Artists are as unique as snowflakes, but their work is not. A painting is a painting. An installation is an installation. The distinction between fine art and popular art has nothing to do with the quality of the work. It is solely determined by what kind of work it is.
The difference between a museum and a supermarket is that a museum curates its collection, while a supermarket does not. Whether you create your own collection or buy someone else’s, you are the curator, and you have no excuse for showing bad taste. I hope this blog will help you recognize good art when you see it, and help you develop your own taste in art.
This blog will be about:
1. How to tell good art from bad;
2. How to collect art;
3. How to display art so that it looks good;
4. How to enjoy your collection; and
5. Aesthetic philosophy—why beauty matters.”
Art is found in all cultures, and it has been used to represent spiritual and political ideas. When viewing art, the aesthetic is the most important thing to consider. However, when buying art, the function of the piece is more important than the aesthetic.
Truly great pieces of art are seldom available, and can be very expensive. Buying art that you love should be a priority, but only buy a piece if it will fill a gap in your collection or serve as a focal point for your room. If you do not need it or love it, do not buy it.
While there are many ways to collect art, some methods are more effective than others. Consider your budget, desired look and feel of the space, color scheme and how much wall space you have available to you before collecting. The size of your collection is also a consideration; larger collections can overwhelm smaller spaces.
If you are just getting started on building an art collection, keep it simple with one or two pieces at first. Before purchasing a piece of art, make sure that the work fits with your other pieces. Look for themes and styles that complement each other in terms of color schemes and subject matter. Compare your options against each other to get an overall sense of how everything will look
To be a curator, you need to know how to care for the pieces you own, how to keep the art collection organized, how to keep a record of the pieces you have, and how to purchase more pieces.
Treatment of the art collection is important. You will want to clean them, store them in an appropriate manner, and make sure that they do not deteriorate over time. If your collection is large enough, you may want to hire a professional for this task as it can be very time consuming.
Cleaning should not be done too often. Once every few years is sufficient for most pieces. Cleaning too much can damage the piece or take away from its value if any restoration work needs to be done down the line.
Records are necessary in order to keep track of all of the pieces in your collection. This does not necessarily mean that you need an extensive cataloging system with barcodes and everything else; however, you should at least have a list of pieces with details such as artist name and title in order to avoid confusion later on. It is also important that you record any relevant information about when and where you purchased each piece so that you can track its provenance (the history of ownership).
I’ve created a new category called “environmental art.” It’s a catchall for anything that has to do with the built environment, including architecture, urban planning, and industrial design.
The category is still in progress. I’d appreciate your help. If you have any suggestions of artists or artworks that fit the category, please send me an email or leave a comment.