Buying vs. Collecting
Most people know how to buy art… you see, you like, you buy. But a ‘collector’… How do you know if you’ve been collecting art and not just buying it?
It takes real dedication and a clear mission to collect art. Now, this shouldn’t scare you off. You most likely already have this dedication, and may actually have been collecting art for a long time.
Ask yourself a few basic questions:
Why do I like the kinds of art I'm buying?
Is the work newer, older, or local?
Is the majority of the work on paper, paintings, ceramic, sculpture?
What about it satisfies me?
Is it the artworks’ subject matter that interests me?
Is it communicating a call-to-action that is compelling?
If you can identify common links throughout the work in your home, congratulations, you’ve created a collection!
As you notice commonalities in the kinds of work that move you become more conscious of how you respond deeply to certain artworks rather than others. Recognize the ways these patterns influence your purchasing decisions, and let that awareness guide you as you consider what to own next. It’s this intentionality that makes you a collector.
Whether you are early on in your collecting, or years into the journey, be true to your tastes. Enjoy having the work in your everyday space! You’re not a museum, so you do not have to be a purist.
And every now and then, color outside the lines!