New book shares collection of tutorials from 80 top art collectors


Ahead of Could have, should have, should havethe December 2016 release in the US (coinciding with Art Basel in Miami Beach), we caught up with Atencio to learn the most important lessons for new collectors and how to know when you’ve gone from being an art buyer to an art buyer. true collector.

What new collectors need to know

“Beginner collectors should know that it is important for a collection to be personal and not follow the trend,” advises Atencio. “It must be the expression of a personal moment, a cultural moment, a social moment. To do this, she advises new collectors to do their research, visiting art fairs as well as museums. Once you’re ready to buy an artwork, she notes, you need to know that artist, including their sales records and auction results, before trying to make a purchase. If you have limited time for this research and your finances allow it, Atencio suggests that you work with an art consultant. “When I started out, I was very lucky to have a lot of time to devote to research and museum visits. But a lot of people these days don’t have time to do what I did.

It is also crucial for building a collection, she says, to foster relationships within the wider arts community, especially with dealers, collectors, curators, museum professionals and artists. “I always feel that with art itself, I collect relationships and it’s the information I take from my peers that helps me make my decisions as a collector,” he explains. -she. Atencio advises those new to collecting to get involved in museums through groups of patrons (such as the Young Collectors Council at Guggenheim or the Tate Patrons program). There are, however, cases, she notes, where relationships can only get you up to a point; like when there is a big competition around the work of an artist. “If there is a work by an artist that you really want and if it is difficult to get it through the dealer you have a friendship with, go to the dealer who represents the artist in a store. another country, where there may not be as many. competition, ”she suggests.


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