I often get asked how one goes about starting an art collection or what works are a sound investment; I tend to just say look and look and look even more and then buy what you like. I recently stumbled upon Artspace.com, a website dedicated to helping seasoned collectors and art neophytes alike learn about art and build meaningful collections. By working with curators, top galleries and major institutions the world round, Artspace has done a bit of the legwork for you, sort of vetting the work for sale on their site, giving it a bit of an insider’s stamp of approval. Artspace has collaborated with established and cutting-edge institutions mostly in the United States including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Chianti Foundation and the New Museum to bring the artist editions these museums have produced to support their programming to a greater audience; these multiples often present a great opportunity to purchase the work of an interesting and sometimes renowned artist at a reasonable price. Remarkably, Artspace is also working with leading commercial galleries like David Zwiner giving easy access to works by leading contemporary artists like James Welling for sale. A most useful feature is that when you click through to view an artwork, information about the artist is provided offering a sense of their artistic milieu and their overriding concerns, giving greater meaning to the image you are looking at. You can search by price range, media, artist, size, region and style (abstract, geometric, fantasy, music, portrait, just to name a few) and there are so many options there is sure to be something for everyone. I’m impressed by the range of people they’ve got on board, and the quality of some the work they have procured. While a website is no substitute for seeing something in the flesh, Artspace is a great place to start your collection research.
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