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.
WHY BUY ART?
By Margaret Danielak © 2017
Over the weekend I shared a glass of wine with one of my frequent art buyers, a woman with investments who not only has a passion for wine, but collecting contemporary traditional art. Her collection includes the work of some very well known western painters, as well as several of the artists I represent. The question “Why buy art?” came up in the conversation and made me think about why buying art, especially right now, is so important.
There are many reasons why people buy art. Some fall in love with the work and cannot imagine living one moment longer without it. In fact, my great joy as an art rep and alternative gallery owner is to bear witness to that moment when someone falls in love with a new work of art and commits to it.
Others buy fine art because it solves a design problem for them. The acquisition adds visual interest to their décor and enhances their living or working environment. Their art reflects their taste and personality and helps define who they are.
Mainly, art makes a house a home. When my father, the illustrator and landscape painter, Robert G. Stevens died, I was put in charge of cleaning out my parents’ home in Santa Fe. After packing up the contents, the very last things I removed were my father’s paintings. With everything else gone the house looked empty but was still their home until I took down his artwork. The effect was devastating. Their home became, in a single moment, just a house to be rented out. All the warmth and all of my father’s unique energy - 55 years of creating art and 78 years of living was gone.
So why buy art?
After all, we can’t eat it nor can we sit on it. The answer: Because now, more than ever, with all of the turbulence in the world, we need to surround ourselves with the unique warmth that only fine art can bring.
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.