Ever thought about collecting Art?
I googled the term “Art Collector” just to see what the Algorithm thinks and above is a collage of some of the images I found.
As a curator who focuses on emerging and second-career artists, one of the really exciting aspects of this work is watching first-hand the evolution and development of an original artistic voice. Equally rewarding, are the relationships I’m able to build with emerging collectors, i.e. people who have limited experience collecting art, or even those who’ve never considered the possibility of becoming a collector.
Seriously. I get it. The “Art World” can be a strange, murky place. The spaces are often unwelcoming and the people can sometimes be snobby, cold and dismissive. Besides helping collectors get past practical barriers like access, I’m also focused on showing new collectors how to overcome the mental barriers of collecting.
HAVE NO FEAR
Fear and anxiety are real. They often stop you from doing the things you know are good to do. Maybe you’re not sure who to talk to for fear of sounding uninformed. Maybe you’re intimidated by “Art Spaces” and “Art Talk”. Maybe you’ve always assumed art was only for a certain “type” of person, that type of person certainly not being a person like you. Collecting art is super easy, and here’s three basic steps on how and where to get started.
Three Easy Ways to Start Your Art Collection
1) Research Yourself
The first step is simply to LOOK. Look closely at yourself, then examine the things you’ve already collected. Your stuff defines your personal taste and style. Look, look and keep looking. Looking should be fun, social and definitely enjoyable. Go with a friend to openings, art fairs and exhibitions. Start your virtual collection online at sites like Paddle8 and Artsy. Follow artists and shows like ours on Instagram. You’ll learn what you like and how to trust your instincts. Last I checked, looking and scrolling were free, so take advantage.
2) Your presence is a present
Now that you know what you like, how do you find what you like? It starts by being present in spaces that show, exhibit and promote art and artists. Start local, with exhibitions that feature emerging artists early in their careers. MythoFutuRiddim, is a great example of this model. Go to MFA program thesis shows, Open Studio tours and Art Markets. These spaces are generally welcoming, full of art enthusiasts and provide a great way to find work at affordable prices by artists open to developing relationships with new collectors.
3) Just Do It
Like any project or endeavor, the first financial commitment is the hardest. Rest easy. Anything simple can be made to seem complex. Your primary reason for buying something should be because you actually like it. You don’t have to understand it or even know the style (though this definitely helps), you just need to know that you like it. Be inquisitive, see the work and the artist from all angles. Then, if it feels right, swipe and sign. Most importantly, remember that you’re not just buying a commodity. You can go to the art section of IKEA for that. You’re investing in your personal as well as the artists’ well-being.
Good Luck and Happy Art Collecting!
Our group exhibition MythofutuRiddim opens in couple of weeks on November 7. Don’t forget to RSVP!
If you’re interested in collecting but don’t know where or how to start, I’d love to have you come by our show or reach out via email. We can discuss your foray into the world of Art Collecting. I promise I’ll be nice.
November 7-9 2019
4715 Main Street – Houston, TX
MythoFutuRiddim is an annual crowd-funded pop-up exhibition featuring emerging artists who explore cultural mythology, Afrofuturism and constructed identity.