Collecting Art: Where to Start?
- Visit Galleries & Museums: Visit as many art galleries and museums as you can. Museum and gallery staff can be an incredibly useful resource in your art education. The more works of art you look at, the better trained your eye becomes or at the very least, your taste in art becomes more defined, because you know what you like and don't like, and why.
- Read Books: Take the initiative to learn about art by reading art history books, art collecting books, and books that feature specific artists.
- Read Art Blogs. There are thousands of blogs on the internet, and they can give you a variety of different perspectives on hot artists, trends in the market, and upcoming events. If you like someone in the business, don't hesitate to follow their blog and share it with friends.
- Subscribe to Art Magazines: Subscribe to art magazines to keep up with current events and trends in the art world. For western and wildlife art, some of my favorite magazines include: Western Art Collector, Western Art & Architecture, Southwest Art, and Art of the West.
- Join Gallery Mailing Lists: Don't be hesitant to get on gallery mailing lists. You'll always be up to date on openings, special events, and most importantly, new works that are available.
- Art Fairs: Attend art fairs and exhibitor shows. Not only will you be able to view a lot of different art, but you'll also meet people with a common interest in collecting art.
- Speaking of people, the friendships you make in the art world can be terrific. From gallery owners and dealers, to museum curators to other collectors. All of whom can be great resources in learning more about collecting art.
- Finally, Pull the Trigger! If you come across a painting that moves you, reminds you have something joyful, or sums up a trip you've taken with a loved one, then buy it!