What’s the difference between a collector and a shopper
Collectors are individuals, thoughtful people, confident in their ability to learn and make up their own minds about anything, including art.
What does it take to make someone a “Collector” (with a capital C) of contemporary art? It’s more than merely having enough disposable income that you can spend some of it on art. That makes you a shopper.
It’s not a status you can buy with money alone. In fact, as many have proven (such as the Vogels), it need not require that much money at all.
A collector of art is engaged, a participant in the dialog. Collectors join in the conversation, form opinions, share those opinions (if only via their acquisitions), and defend those opinions. Collectors take a position on the art being made today.
Collectors ignore fads
They look around, develop a pretty good sense of what contemporary artists are making and why they feel it’s important, then support the art they’re convinced is important to preserve. They ignore fads or trends, fleeting popularity, to make perceptive decisions on what makes a work of art more significant than others.
Artists get reputations for creating particular types of art such as still life, or having particular approaches to the practice of art, and collectors appreciate this focus. A collector follows what’s happening with the type of art and artists they collect.
Collecting art is enriching
And longevity counts enormously for collectors – the sheer fact that an artist can survive over time at a discipline like art means a lot.
Collecting art is enriching in many ways; buying art is a lot of fun especially when you know what you are doing, owning it is a great pleasure and it is rewarding to look at. Your art also tells your friends and other people something important about you.
Like a number of other historically recognised collectibles, fine art has a lot of the qualities you want in an investment; it’s a tangible asset, so it tends to appreciate during inflationary times. It is portable, it is private, and importantly, if you buy the right art it can appreciate – sometimes a great deal.
A Collector of art is a curator
Collecting art is predominantly a commitment. It’s a commitment to work toward the collective goal of ensuring that the best art of our generation is preserved for posterity.
Collectors are curating – often for their children – a space of honest cultural values, rather than investing in commodities. A Collector is a patron of the visual arts, who has the same obligations to the quality of our collective legacy as do artists, curators, critics, and dealers.
Get new art, writing and interesting links delivered to your inbox every week. Subscribe here.