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  1. 1. Collect Art Like a Pro ©Copyright 2013 8/10/2013 6 Tips from By Michelle Wang
  2. 2. Things to Remember • There’s No Best Art – The most important thing to remember is that there are no right or wrong answers when building your collection. Art collecting is fun and exciting, specifically because it’s about you building a relationship with individual pieces and artists. • Assert Your Taste – Just as you pick out your clothes everyday, and a handsome devil you are! Art is an opportunity to assert your taste and show another side of your personality. ©Copyright 2013 8/10/2013 -2-
  3. 3. Basic Skills of the Collector • Grouping Artwork – While each piece is important, you’ll learn over time to build a group of works that has cohesion and collective meaning. ©Copyright 2013 8/10/2013 -3- • Purchasing Individual Works – It’s important to remember that building a collection takes time and patience. You’ll grow your collection one piece at a time, and each piece in your collection will have special meaning to you.
  4. 4. Tip 1: Do Your Homework • To Thy Self Be True! – Almost important as learning about Art, is learning about your collecting style and preferences. • What pieces attract you most? • What colors, medium, style, or period do you prefer? • Make a Plan – Once you’ve found the general category you like most, start learning about the artists who make the kind of art you like. – Start thinking of how you’d like to group your work, by style, period, medium, etc. ©Copyright 2013 8/10/2013 -4-
  5. 5. Tip 2: Stay on the Scene • Get Thee to an Art Gallery – If you want to find pieces you like you have to get out and see some art. To start your collection it is important to see original works of art, textures, colors, and scale, or the way art feels in a room. ©Copyright 2013 8/10/2013 -5- • Places to Find Art – Art Galleries – Art Fairs and Expos – Online Exhibitions
  6. 6. Tip 3: Have a Clear Vision • Nothing is Random – There are happenstance and circumstance in life, but where your collection is concerned you have total control over what you buy. Have a clear vision. • Building a Mystery – New collectors sometimes buy randomly. Experienced collectors take time to understand how their pieces fit together, before they buy. • Know Your Onion – Not literally, this is a metaphor for knowing details about your pieces. Buying the work is the fun and exciting part. New collectors sometimes over look keeping good records of their acquisitions. ©Copyright 2013 8/10/2013 -6-
  7. 7. Tip 4: Price ≠ Value • Sticker Shock is Normal – New art collectors sometimes get sticker shock when they discover how much pieces cost, but in art, price and value are not synonymous. • Some Things to Remember – Two galleries may ask different prices for similar pieces of work, never be afraid to ask why. – Art by emerging artists tends to be cheaper. If you can talk to the artist try to takes assess their personality and drive to gauge future success. – Buy what you like, but with purpose. Keep your personal philosophy and plan at the forefront of your mind when buying. ©Copyright 2013 8/10/2013 -7-
  8. 8. Tip 5: Take Them Out • Art Should Be Seen – If you’ve all ready purchased pieces and have them hiding in some dark corner, take them out! Art is meant to be seen and enjoyed! Not hoarded. Find a cozy place in your home for pieces. ©Copyright 2013 8/10/2013 -8- • Look, Look, and Look Again – Great artwork reveals its mysteries over time. Each time you look at a piece, you’ll find something new! Look at your pieces individually and together, and you’ll to find new and interesting connections all the time.
  9. 9. Tip 6: Protect Your Investment • Learn to Look After Your Work – Once the thrill of the chase is over, you’ll have to look after your pieces. Learn to properly frame and care for your work to ensure its longevity. ©Copyright 2013 8/10/2013 -9- • Keep, Sell, Donate? – Art can increase in value over time. Work with a consultant or gallery to properly value your collection. You may choose to sell or donate your work as it appreciates in value.
  10. 10. Tip 7: Visit ©Copyright 2013 8/10/2013 -10- • Assert Your Taste! – Visit to learn more about our artists and art collecting.