Improving Your Art Collecting Skills

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Mixed Media Painting by Dean Russo / Dumbo Art...Image by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML via FlickrBeing able to collect good art is one exceptional
talent. Although you may think good art collectors are
born, this is not the case at all. The truth is, the
skill of collecting art can actually be learned! Yes,
and that is one good news for you. So, if you want to
improve further with your collecting skills, here are
some things that you can do to attain such goal.
Get Some Exposure
Getting some exposure on different disciplines of art
is one way to enhance your collecting skills. There
are a lot of national and international art expos and
art fairs that you can attend to. Try attending such
kinds of events to broaden your horizon on different
kinds of art disciplines and forms.
This is also one way to discover not so well-known
aesthetic pieces that have potential on getting a huge
value in the future. However, most importantly, it is
one way to see artworks that can move you and probably
be part of your collection in the near future. Know
Your Kind
Although collecting art can be a personal endeavour
for you, there is nothing wrong with talking to other
art collectors and knowing more about them. In fact,
doing this can be beneficial to you, since you can
learn more about how other collectors started and what
other helpful information they can give you.
They can also give you recommendations like galleries
to visit, events to go to, artists to see works of and
other art related things. Some art collectors even
have clubs or organizations that you can join in.
Read On!
Reading in any aspect can take your knowledge another
level. Thus, reading books about art history and art
collections would definitely improve your skill.
There’s a lot to learn with collecting that you can
actually find not only by looking at pictures, but
also through reading texts about so.
Reading old published literature on the subject is
good, since you can learn the basics of the field and
the essentials of collecting. However, it would still
be better if you are up-to-date with your reading
materials. If you want something fresh and new
regularly, then subscribing to some art magazines
would do the trick!
Magazines, just like books, are helpful resources
where you can learn more about collecting and
collections. However, these magazines standout since
their content are always up to date and new, unlike
with books that may contain faced-out and irrelevant
data.
Reviews: Seeing Another’s Perspective
Seeing art in the perspective of another person is bad
at all. Remember that art is relative, thus, something
may be beautiful in your eyes, yet ugly for another’s
and vice versa. That is why you should learn to
utilize reviews done by international or local art
critics and channel them into something positive.
Instead of being too much influenced by what they say,
try learning from them and see if what they say about
the artwork is true. You should also learn some points
on how they critic a piece, since being able to critic
is yet an important skill to develop collecting
skills. Get Some Help
A little bit of guidance would not hurt if you are
really interested on learning how to make a great art
collection. You can work with a professional art
consultant / art advisor, if you please since for sure
they know what they are doing. They can also teach you
about collecting and even guide you to the whole
process of buying art.

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