When you are ready to get into more of the specifics, there is a ‘science and art’ to collecting aka legal and curation. These three books will help you untangle the finer details of collecting.
The Finer Details
It explains the laws and logistics of the artist/dealer relationship to help give a fuller picture to the why of the art world.
Artists and dealers are in a marriage. Dealers manage an artist’s career trajectory, which adds value to your purchase. Therefore, asking an artist to step out on a side deal to save a few bucks potentially shorts your investment.
However, if you like the work of an artist who doesn’t have representation, reach out to them and ask for a studio visit. Supporting artists directly one-on-one is the best support.
Bring It Together
Good collections have the top artists from a spreadsheet. Significant collections are curated with throughlines and can change the perception of an era.
A memoir as well as a deep dive into the curatorial profession and art world. If you don’t know where to start, learn and copy from others until you do. If you copy from others, it might as well be from a great like Hans.
Putting the Walls Up
Edward Winkleman is a highly respected art gallery owner. He leads readers through the ins and outs of the gallery business with top-notch advice on everything from selecting the right location to marketing your collection.
This book also offers thoughtful advice on staying competitive in an often oversaturated market by finding ways that distinguish your gallery from other galleries competing for the same clientele.