The Open Walls Gallery in Berlin, Germany has a wonderful article on starting an art collection - Ultimate Guide to Starting an Art Collection. They are obviously experienced gallery owners and represent some very modernist and eclectic artists.
Here is a sample from the article:
“Collecting of art is frequently described as a labor of love. It is not and should be not a “job”, nor a chore. Therefore, there is a crucial difference between only purchasing art and collecting it. Buying art is not an organized, nor a planned activity. It’s shopping, essentially, something an aesthete might do for fun, to fill that empty wall at home, or as an impulsive purchase.
Art collecting, on the other hand, is something else entirely. This is a planned, prolonged activity of gathering and accumulating artworks, all of which are connected to a particular thread. Art collecting is an effort done effortlessly, an investment into the future, a testament of an individual to the cultural history of a certain kind. Even if a well-rounded art collection becomes incredibly valuable in terms of money, its cultural value will most certainly always feel priceless.”
They summarize the article with the “9 Tips to Master the Art of Collecting”
This is well worth reading even if you don’t plan to be a totally serious collector but on the other hand all of us buy art during our lifetime – it’s great to have guidelines.0