Any interested person is able to buy and collect works of art. Saying “any” I really mean everyone who wants to be engaged in collecting. To do this, you do not need to have any prior knowledge, no great experience, not to mention special education or scientific degrees. All that is necessary for a true collector is a love of art, a passion for collecting and a readiness to familiarize yourself with several simple principles that will allow you to prankly evaluate any work of art, dating from any historical period, belonging to any national culture. For the art creations these are the things that you will need to think of.
Suppose, before you work, put up for sale, which you really like. It can be a picture, a sculpture, an impression – it does not matter. If the work is so popular that you are ready to buy it, then prepare to answer a number of questions before making a final decision.
These questions are as follows:
- Who is the artist?
- What is the significance of a particular work of art in the artist’s work?
- What is the origin, history, biography of the thing (in other words, where and when was the work exhibited, to whom and when did it belong)?
- How reasonable is the price?
To answer the first question “Who is an artist?” Always should be based on two main sources of information – oral and written.
- An oral source of information can be the artist himself or the direct seller of the work – the gallery, the dealer, the owner of the work, just friends or acquaintances. Oral information can come from other collectors or simply from people who are well acquainted with the work of the artist.
- As for written information, it should be searched on the website of the artist or gallery representing him. You can search in other Internet sources, in catalogs of exhibitions, in the resume of the artist, in reviews, publications, monographs, encyclopedias and dictionaries. Most often the written information is provided also by the seller or the dealer.
In any case, you will have to read about the artist, and listen to the opinion of knowledgeable people. Comparing and comparing all the collected information you can make the right choice and make your own opinion about the importance of the artist you are interested in. The information you need to collect should include the following facts:
- Date of birth and, in case the artist has already died, the date of death of the artist.
- Where the artist lives and works.
- Where, when and from whom the artist studied.
- Organizations in which the artist is composed.
- Galleries, museums and other institutions in which the artist exhibited.
- Literacy, prizes, grants, awards, which the artist received.
- Public, private and corporative collections, in which there are works of the artist.
- Positions that the artist occupied or occupies (teacher, teacher, lecturer, writer, etc.).
- Publications that mention the name of the artist, such as books, articles, catalogs.
The purpose of all this information is very simple – to make the right opinion about the artist. You just need to understand for yourself who the artist is and what his or her achievements are. The value of skills to collect the necessary information increases as the price increases, the art you are interested in. Simply put, the more expensive the work, the more respected, established and proven should be its author.