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5 Art Collecting Tips from Christie's

Our friends at Christies have some great art collecting tips for you. 

TIP #1: GO ONLINE

“I’m a big fan of Google Art Project and the Artforum artguide app, but there are so many great educational online resources. There are also easy-to-use tools that are revolutionizing the way we collect online. For instance, Christie's online sales feature a size indicator to help collectors envision how a work will look on a wall, zoom capabilities so you can explore all the great details you’d see in person, and more.”

- Amelia Manderscheid, Head of eCommerce Channel, Post-War and Contemporary Art

TIP #2: CONNECT WITH YOUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY

“Going to studio visits, where you can speak directly with artists and begin to train your eye, is incredibly important. These visits can be arranged through galleries, or you can easily see when the MFA programs in your area will be scheduling their open studios. When you go, ask about the artist's process and be sure to get their email so you can stay in touch.”

- Saara Pritchard, Head of Contemporary Art Auction

TIP #3: KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN

“Information is power, and education is key to any successful collecting journey. Step one is to begin by educating yourself—look at catalogue raisonnés and monographs on artists, and attend as many museum exhibitions as you can. Step two is to broaden your education by engaging others, and Christie’s is a great place to start. Keeping an open dialogue with collectors is such a major part of a specialist’s job—there are no wrong questions, so ask!”

- Jennifer Yum, Head of Morning Sale

TIP #4: KNOW YOUR HISTORY

“A big part of collecting contemporary art is having an understanding of what’s come before. Not only does it add to your appreciation of the works, it can also help a collector make new and interesting associations between the ‘older’ and ‘newer’ works in their collection. It also helps in a more literal sense when you’re making an acquisition—knowing the history of a work or even of related works can help you understand the potential value of the object.”

- Michael Gumener, Head of Afternoon Sale

TIP #5: BUY WHAT YOU LOVE

“Collectors have more choices than ever before, so while there are a number of criteria you should use when selecting a work, the most important one is this: collect what you love. It’s an adage for a reason—when you’re collecting things you’re truly passionate about, you automatically want to learn more, which leads to better decision-making, and ultimately, to the creation of a collection you can be proud of and really enjoy.”

- Ed Tang, Head of First Open

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