Spotlight on Art Collecting

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Spotlight on Art Collecting

Art Collecting

Art collecting is exactly as it reads it is basically collecting art.  Art collections can be either private or in a Museum or Art Gallery.


A museum is distinguished by a collection of often unique objects that forms the core of its activities for exhibitions, education, research, etc. This differentiates it from an archive or library, where the contents may be more paper-based, replaceable and less exhibition oriented, or a private collection of art formed by an individual, family or institution that may grant no public access. A museum normally has a collecting policy for new acquisitions, so only objects in certain categories and of a certain quality are accepted into the collection. The process by which an object is formally included in the collection is called accessioning and each object is given a unique accession number.

Museum collections, and archives in general, are normally catalogued in a collection catalogue, traditionally in a card index, but nowadays in a computerized database. Transferring collection catalogues onto computer-based media is a major undertaking for most museums. All new acquisitions are normally catalogued on a computer in modern museums, but there is typically a backlog of old catalogue entries to be computerized as time and funding allows.


Private Collection

A private collection is a privately owned collection of works, usually a collection of art. If seen in a museum alongside a work or describing a work, it signifies that piece of art in a museum is not actually owned by that museum, but is on loan from an independent source, either for the long term or for temporary exhibition. This source will usually be an art collector, although it could be a school, church organization, bank or other company, or any form of institution. Collectors of books, even if they collect for aesthetic reasons (fine bookbindings or illuminated manuscripts for example), are called bibliophiles, and their collections are referred to as libraries.


Paintings by Famous Artists

Great Australian Painters

Art is collected for both appreciation and also can be collected for investment purposes. It is not limited to paintings as such but can be any items of art that are formed into a collection.

There are many philosophies on how to collect, what pieces you should collect and how to position them. Or whether to purchase a collection and what value you should pay for it. I am by no means qualified to even have an opinion on it as I only know what I like. I’ve listed some links below to assist if you wish to delve into it further.

Art Collector Magazine
How to Collect Art like a Pro
Art Collecting Resources and Gallery Guideh