Collecting without Deep Pockets


Pop star Prince once said that you don’t have to be rich to be his girl, it turns out, you also don’t have to be rich to collect art. If you need some pointers on how to start your collection without breaking the bank then we can recommend the following two books: 

Confessions of a poor collector: How to build a worthwhile art collection with the least possible money by Eugene M. Schwartz.

In 1970, Eugene M. Schwartz gave a lecture at The New York Cultural Center about his experience collecting modern American painting. Shortly thereafter, he sat down behind his typewriter and outlined that talk into a „How-To“ book. It covers all aspects of collecting, from how to interact with dealers to making sure you buy the best works available. 

Owning Art: The Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook by Louisa Buck and Judith Greer 

A basic guide written by two familiar faces in the art world with special sections dedicated to art fairs, auction houses, art insurance, art transport and the like. Throughout the book you can find quotes by artists, dealers, collectors and art advisors offering up amusing anecdotes.

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