• You Are an Art Collector

    You Are a Collector

    The content of this post is a compilation of comments, opinions, and suggestions gathered why having fun reading about the collecting of art. You are an art collector when you move beyond purchasing art as a random action at any given moment to a more focused long term devoted act. You are forming a meaningful accumulation of works of art – – a collection!

    There are certain professional collectors who are recognized as respected authorities whose selections sometimes set standards and determine tastes and trends. As a personal collector, remain true to your taste (not necessarily what you think you are suppose to like) regardless of the current trend. Collecting can nudge you to think about why you like a certain work. Are you buying it because of its subject matter; the colors; the techniques; what it communicates to you; and/or how it makes you feel?

    Why Collect

    There are various reasons for engaging in this treasure hunt. In collecting art, you are a patron supporting artistic production; creating a unique accumulation of works that reflect your tastes; telling a story about yourself; as well as engaging in a conversation regarding art history. Another reason for collecting art is that it provides an opportunity to establish social bonds. These various reasons are reflected in the video title Patric McCoy: I am a Collector ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvmohrytkpu ).

    Value Your Collection

    It is important to document your art for purposes of authentication and ownership. Excellent record keeping also provides information about the personal value and monetary value of your collection. This additionally contributes to the success of passing down your collection to future generations. Make your family aware of your art, educate them about its value and importance.

    • Save receipts, certificates of authenticity, and other relevant written or printed materials
    • Obtain descriptive written statements from artists, galleries or sellers
    • Photograph artists from whom you have collected; have artists sign catalogues, receipts, gallery invitations
    • Provide list of options and instructions for those who may inherit
    • Provide insurance or replacement appraisals


    Your treasures may not be on the scale of those collected by John Paul Getty or Peggy Guggenheim, but remember your collection can potentially contribute to the conversation and be part of art history. You are a patron of the arts! I leave you with an observation I particularly like. The comment basically is that as a collector, you love creative expression, and have a desire to live with and care for important and beautiful objects.