How to Start an Art Collection

Determine just what kind of art you like. These methods could assist you establish just what that is.


  1. Visit several museums presenting various kinds of art. Acquire postcards in the gift store that mirror art works that are attractive to you. Throw these cards in a bowl, and don’t take a look at them again till you have actually seen all the galleries on your checklist. As soon as you have actually done so, evaluate all the cards and look for similarities among them in terms of tools used, time periods, and the design of the artworks.
  2. Go to your local library and locate an art history book that extends at least four centuries from many different countries. Usage sticky notes to mark your favorite items. Once more, seek typical aspects to identify just what you like the very best.
  3. Compare what you like with exactly what you can afford, as well as exactly what is presently offered to get. Consult with well-informed art dealers or art evaluators about costs and availability of exactly what you have chosen. Establish your annual budget and the variety of items you can purchase.
  4. Collect information regarding the top quality of just what you like, what you could afford, as well as just what is currently readily available. Speak with museum personnel and experienced art professionals regarding what they think to be a top-quality job. Sometimes these professionals can be found in unexpected places. For example, I found a caterer artist at
  5. Join art museum groups that provide lectures and exposure to pertinent info.
  6. Sign up for publications that focus on the kind of art you want to gather.
  7. Don’t hurry to get art. For many, it’s a lifelong pursuit.

Starting a Contemporary Art Collection

Call gallery curators or art experts in your area.

  1. Construct a relationship with these professionals by participating in talks they coordinate.
  2. Discuss your passion in gathering contemporary art as well as ask for their referrals.
  3. Pay attention for names being repetitively recognized as quality artists.
  4. Participate in events at contemporary art galleries in your area. Ask for info concerning any kind of job that intrigues you. This will help you recognize just what the artist planned for his/her job “to say.”
  5. Go to nationwide and international art fairs to obtain direct exposure to modern art. Request info on job that fascinates you at these events as well.
  6. Contact popular regional modern artists working in a medium you like and ask them to determine their “hot picks.”