Of course you should - but only if you want to take the
time and effort required to develop a passion.
say you are passed the preliminary stages of buying artwork.
You told your decorator you don't want any more $3000
window treatments which the cat will probably wreck anyway.
Rather, you want to spend money on art for your walls.
You've purchased a couple of nice watercolors by local
artists from a gallery close to your summer vacation home,
and the house looks pretty good. Buying the art was fun,
and the pieces you already have give pleasure. Should
you consider becoming a real collector? There is a substantial
learning curve involved, but the rewards are great.
a part of the art world can be one of the greatest joys
of your life
at art fills your life with visual stimulation.
people you meet - artists, dealers, collectors - are
fascinating, passionate, and often eccentric. Typically
they are generous with their time and anxious to help
art world reflects a hotbed of intellectual issues.
Contemporary art deals with personal poetry, politics,
philosophy, and sociology. To attempt to understand
it, is to grapple with the main issues of the day.
gossip of the art world is endlessly fascinating. What
dealer is sleeping with what artist, whose live-in lover
is getting a show where, and what big collectors are
pushing for their favorite artists to get museum shows.
Can Become a Collector.
think about buying two or three things a year - perhaps
on an annual basis - a birthday or Valentine's Day. This
adds up. Perhaps you want to specialize in a category
of art. Something that expresses your own vision such
as art by women, blacks, outsider art, abstract paintings,
still lives, etc. So often, by developing a coherent vision
and point of view, a collector can create a collection
that is more than the sum of its parts, and actually enhances
the objects in it.
Collecting Art Can Change Your Life - a True Story
classic story of contemporary art collectors is that
of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, a decidedly middle class Manhattan
couple who have been avidly collecting the most avant-garde
art of their time for the past 35 years. Herbert is a
retired postal clerk who made at the most $16,000 a year.
Dorothy is a librarian. In 1965, they befriended the important
conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, and after his first show,
bought their first piece of art. They now have over 100
works by LeWitt. Early on they decided to use Herb's
salary for collecting and Dorothy's to live on, and over the
intervening years, have amassed a collection of over
1500 pieces by the most important artists of the 70's and 80's.
short - Herb is 5 feet and Dorothy slightly taller - and notably frumpy,
they have become the darlings of the art world. The objects that cram their
tiny one-bedroom apartment - under the bed, hanging from the ceiling, etc,
- reflect a prodigious intellectual journey and the creation of a specific
sensibility that gives each individual piece in their collection more power
than it would have on its own. The collection is its own work of art because
it creates a context; a specific time in contemporary art, and reflects a specific
idea of what art can be. The
art world is their life. The Vogels were not content
just to buy the art, but befriended the artists of their time
and gave them unstinting emotional support. They attend
all the gallery openings, exhibitions and events. They
have made the art world their home. In a particularly
touching tribute, they were crowned King and Queen of
the Art World in a ceremony at PS1, a non-profit avant-garde
art space in New York. So, for the Vogels the art world
has enriched their lives - visually, intellectually
and socially - and a rich life it is on $16,000 a year.