Here is my art collecting resource list for the fall art season!
The Art of Buying Art:
How to Evaluate and Buy Art Like a Professional Collector
by Alan Bamberger
Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
"An indelible portrait of a peculiar society." - Vogue
An Object of Beauty: A Novel by Steve Martin
FILM: “HERB & DOROTHY” - (A wonderful documentary about Art Collectors Herbert Vogel,
a postal worker and his wife Dorothy Vogel, a librarian)
“HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal worker, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. They lived off of Dorothy’s salary and used Herb’s to collect art. They only had two requirements when purchasing art: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment.
Over the decades they collected over 2000 pieces of art, (keeping all of it in their tiny apartment) and became patrons of artists including Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close …and Lawrence Weiner.”
The L.A. Art Show – Presented by the Fine Art Dealers Association every January
U.S. News & World Report – Art Collecting Articles
American Art Collector Magazine
A monthly art magazine specially written for collectors, galleries and painters of traditional fine art.
Art Talk by Edward Goldman on KCRW – Newsletter & Podcast
Also provides classes in collecting contemporary art – visit artist studios
John Moran Auctioneers in Altadena – www.johnmoran.com
The Norton Simon Museum and The Norton Simon Website
Excellent information about the collection and full provenance listings of collected works.
AskArt.com has information about 52,000 artists
© 2018 The daughter of artists, Art Rep and Curator Margaret Danielak is the author of the highly rated handbook for fine artists:
A Gallery without Walls: Selling Art in Alternative Venues (ArtNetwork Press).
Her website is www.danielakfineart.com.
Have you purchased so much artwork over the years that your walls are full? Are you interested in acquiring new artwork, but do not want to part with the pieces in your collection? One solution is to rotate your art to correspond with the changing seasons, and learn how to take care of and store pieces not currently on display.
As the daughter of artists with a pre-existing, and ever increasing art collection, my husband and I long ago ran out of wall space. We wondered what to do with each new piece we acquired. Then it occurred to us that we could enjoy our artwork more by storing some pieces, and then rotating in new work every three months.
Now, in the summer we hang paintings of lovely farms, koi-filled ponds and rushing rivers in our dining and living rooms.
In the fall we un-wrap and display acrylics featuring golden aspens, and then change the tablecloth and other accents around the house to fall colors. We clean, wrap and store the “summer themed” paintings until the next year. Each season we create a fresh look simply because we take some pieces out and introduce previously stored and new artwork. As an added benefit, by rotating our collection, we are able to dust each piece and then check the wall to see if natural or artificial light has caused the wall to discolor.
Below are a few tips to help you take care of your artwork as you rotate your collection:
By rotating your art with the changing seasons, you will be able to care for and appreciate more of your collection over the course of the year. Most importantly, you might find space for that next, new exciting art acquisition.
Image above is The Red Echo by Robert G. Stevens
Note: This article was originally published in The San Marino Tribune. Copyright is with the author.
Margaret Danielak is the owner of Danielak Fine Art and the author of "A Gallery without Walls: Selling Art in Alternative Venues" (ArtNetwork Press) which was a featured selection of North Light Book Club.