As a new art collector, it is important to get involved in your local community. Exposure to different artists and mediums allows you to acquire a greater knowledge of art, artists, and art collecting. Additionally, it also allows you to develop and refine your own artistic interests. Initially, it’s easy to purchase a lot of pieces, right out of the gate, but you want to do your research and be selective. You don’t want to get into a situation where you need to sell, as you will run into issues (will discuss in future posts).
Galleries are an excellent way to see a lot of art, very quickly. Most cities will have an art walk of some sort and it’s not uncommon to see several galleries, over the course of an evening. Art walks typically occur once a month. Larger cities will typically have an art museum, where you can see works from some of the more famous names, in art history. Seeing these works in photos or on the Internet doesn’t do them justice. The Seattle Art Museum exhibited ‘Intimate Impressionism From The National Gallery of Art’ in 2015-2016. The exhibit featured works from several artists including: Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Towards the end of the exhibit, I spotted Van Gogh’s ‘Flower Beds in Holland’ (1883) and was blown away. I am looking at a photo of it as I write, but nothing compares to seeing this piece in person. You’ll find photos rarely do the pieces justice.
I’ll write about my introduction to art collecting in the future, but I’m most familiar with urban art. Several artists that I follow, have created murals in my area including: Stephen ‘ESPO’ Powers, Drew Merritt, David Rice, Casey Weldon, Joram Roukes, and OS Gemeos in Vancouver. These artists don’t produce pieces in every city, so go out and see them…and record them. Much like Herakut’s (covered previously) ‘There is Something Better Than Perfection,” these pieces won’t necessarily last forever. Walls get painted. Old works get painted over. New works get painted.
Another great way to view art is by attending art fairs. Seattle has an art fair every year and pieces traverse all mediums and prices. My wife and I attended two years ago and were exposed to several new artists and had a great time. Go have a drink or two and enjoy a day out.
So far we’ve discussed galleries, museums, and art fairs. Another way to get exposed to art is via social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or select online forums. I recognize this is a departure, but 95% of your research and exposure will occur here! The first two sites allow you to interact with and follow artists directly. Instagram is actually quite helpful at recommending artists to follow. A word of caution when joining online forums. The art posted is remarkable and most people are extremely generous with their time and knowledge, however, there are those individuals who troll. Some sites are better than others, but just a word to the wise.
Anyway, get up, get out, & see some art!