Top Four Tips On Collecting Art
Art collection can be a favorable hobby, past-time,
or even investment. If you are new to this kind of
activity, you can be overwhelmed with the vast number
of approaches that you can choose from. So, to make
things easier for you, here are some of the best tips
you can get in regards to collecting art.
Buy Because Of What?
First off, you should understand that you should buy
artwork because you like it. Yes, it’s just that
simple. Although it may be common sense, a lot of
people still overlook this important idea. Some buy
pieces because other people told them so, or because
they saw others buying something similar. If you find
a piece that moves you, and you think can enhance your
life, then buy it! You do not have to wait for the
approval of others to do so since the whole decision
What use is the beauty of an artwork that you bought,
if personally, you don’t appreciate it or find it
disgusting, even? Remember, in collecting art, there
is nothing more self-gratifying than seeing a piece
that communicates with you and moves your soul, most
especially if it’s a piece that remains fresh and
exciting for you even though you’ve seen it for
hundreds of times. Go Gallery Hopping!
Another good thing to do when you’re starting a
collection is to go gallery hopping. Try to go to as
many art galleries that you can visit. Galleries’
staff guides can be helpful to you and can add up to
your art education. Going to galleries can also be one
good way of being exposed to different kinds of art,
whether it is a gallery on paintings, sculptures or
Galleries provide you with the real thing. Thus, you
can examine more of the details of different works of
art. Most of the time, galleries showcase some
prestigious collections too. Viewing such, can yet be
another way of seeing the collections of other people
and generating ideas for your own collection. Get
Most galleries also have a mailing list that regularly
update you on their latest happenings and events.
Being connected and up to date with what’s happening
is another way to help you start with your collection.
Sometimes, if there are openings or special events
that these galleries hold, they can invite you to go.
Once you are invited, try your best to attend such
events so that you can be more exposed to the
industry. Additionally, events like these can bring
you opportunity to know more people within the
industry, and find more good deals around.
If there are not much of art galleries in your place,
then you can still go local! Try visiting and joining
local art museums or non-profit art centers. You may
be surprised to see how local talents in your area
create masterpieces that seem priceless, yet you can
buy at a cheap price. Since probably most of them are
still budding artists, then you’ll probably spot some
good deals around in which the beauty of the piece
Also, the curators of such places sometimes provide
lectures for those who are interested in collecting
art. Some lectures may have a very cheap fee, while
some can come for free, especially if there are big
companies sponsoring the event.
The Essentials On Authenticating And Attributing Art
You can find art for sale almost anywhere, most of it
coupled with a variety of forms of certification,
documentation, authentication, provenance,
attribution, and all other claims that the piece is by
this artist, etc. But guess what? None of these
papers, claims, certificates of authenticity,
documents or even tall tales mean a thing if they’re
not stated, authored, or else traceable to or directly
associated with accepted, recognized, and qualified
authorities about the art in question, and also the
So here are some of the essentials to know on
attributing and authenticating art, how it works and
who the people to be trusted are.
They’re All Connected-Not!
One of the most pervasive problems in selling art
deals with “attributed” art. It’s so common that every
kind of unqualified individual would attribute
artworks to different kinds of artists, sad to say
100% of these attributions are considered to be
How come? Simply because in the art industry,
legitimate attributions are only made by known and
recognized authority figures that have legitimate
authority on the attributed artists’ names.
Officially and technically speaking, “attributed”
means a specific work of art, which is most likely an
original, is at the hand and is certified by a
qualified authority on the matter. Take note that your
keywords here are “qualified authority”. Thus, if the
attribution is done by an unqualified person, then it
would be meaningless.
Who Are The Qualified Authority?
A qualified authority is someone who really knows what
he/she is talking about and has the proof to anything
he/she says. Qualified authorities are those people
that have deliberately studied the artist under
consideration, have already published papers about the
artist, and have curated major gallery shows or
museums catering the works of the artist.
They can also be someone who have taught courses about
the artist; bought or sold at least dozens or even
hundreds of artworks by the artist; have written
magazine articles, books, or catalogue essays about
the artist, and the like.
The artist him/herself can also be a qualified
authority, along with his relatives, employees, direct
descendants, and heirs. Also, people who have formal,
legal, or estate-granted sanctions or entitlements in
able to pass judgment the artist’s works are
considered to be qualified authorities. Most
importantly, they should be recognized throughout the
whole art community to the people in charge when it
comes to the matter of dealing with works by that
Who Are Not Qualified?
The list of people whom are not qualified could take
forever to complete. However, here are some of the
general characteristics of those unqualified people
who most likely say that they are qualified.
First off, you should watch out for those who think
that the piece they are selling is by this certain
artist just because the work ‘looks like’ it is done
by that artist; also, those who think that the piece
is by that artist because they saw some illustrations
from art books that are similar to the piece at hand.
Additionally, sellers that answer you with “that is
what the previous owner told me” kind of questions are
not to be trusted. You really can’t rely on
tattle-tailing to very if the work is an original or
not. This is just the same if they say that the work
is by such artist because the previous owner is rich
You should also watch out for art appraisers, since
they only appraise and not authenticate; unless they
have qualifications to do so. Take note that appraisal
and authentication are two different things.
So, if you’re planning on buying a so-called original,
then you must make sure that the person you’re talking
to is a qualified authority, or better yet, the artist