The ART of Collecting (and Living...)
I am often asked how I can tell if someone is a “real” art collector. I imagine there are many answers to such a question. Allow me to share mine.
Who is a real art collector? -- Someone who intentionally acquires that which inspires them.
Becoming an art collector starts with developing a keen awareness of what delights you. It is further cultivated by devoting time and resources to obtain it. Collections reflect desire. Collecting is about addition and subtraction. It is also an opportunity to be a life-longer learner.
Curious to see if art collecting is for you? Try my guaranteed method.
First, start paying attention to what grabs your EYE or stirs your SOUL. Look around hotel lobbies, boutiques, offices, city streets and homes you visit. What strikes you immediately? What feels like it belongs to you? Want to learn about visual harmony, elegant design and impeccable color composition? Observe nature. Walk through a park, looking up and around. Take the scenic route home. Do this for a few weeks and your taste will sharpen. The more you train your eye to see BEAUTY, the more refined your choices become. Preferences for patterns, shapes and color palettes will emerge organically. Trust yourself. Get closer to that which draws you, feel it with all your senses. Stay in the right side of your brain.
Now explore the world of art. Visit a museum. Visually take in the exhibition in one QUICK glance. Note what calls you. Walk up closer and absorb the work, read the label. Continue through the entire exhibition. Go back to your starting place and see if the same works strike your fancy. Narrow the works down to three. Take your time. Is there one artwork that stands out? Mark the artist in your mind. Absorb all information provided. Let the image linger.
While a museum visit offers a contemplative experience, gallery openings provide much of the juice of art collecting, socializing. Enter the left-brain. Discussing art is part of the process. Get COMFORTABLE with talking about your choices. You have now developed a POV, test it out in public. Share your insights, speak naturally about what moves you. Learn from others. Refine your orientation. Balance your increasing knowledge with your visceral leanings. Make it EASY.
Now gift yourself a work of art. Find a local art fair, meander through online galleries, or check out an art school’s student exhibition. Any budget will do. Invite a friend or loved one and spend a Sunday afternoon searching for the one piece you simply can’t live without. Take a RISK. Buy it with great pleasure. Think of the daily joy an original work of art will provide. Consider the affirmation and economic boast you have just given the artist. You have created a win-win. The world is a BETTER place.
Once the art collecting bug bites, your appetite will likely expand in unpredictable ways. Your life will never be the same. You will want to discover more art, learn about history and culture. Study methods and materials. A new worldview will emerge. You will feel more ALIVE. The habit of trusting your instinct strengthens. Better decisions follow. Life is expansive and happy. This is my wish for you.
Do you need an Art Advisor to start collecting art? No! Develop your taste. Experiment. Live with art daily. Stay true to your DESIRES. When you reach the point when you need an Advisor to evaluate choices, make suggestions or refine your collection, you will know it. THEN, you can invite me to see your collecting history and we will have a grand time taking the next step…
See how easy art collecting is? Now, GO and keep me posted!