Why collect art?
Collecting is a practice in which objects are gathered, preserved, and exhibited, generally because they are beautiful, unique, and valuable. The collector - motivated by their interests and passion - groups objects according to certain criteria. In the case of art, each artwork fits right into these definitions of collecting: they are original and valuable pieces, and are beautiful.
Fundamentally, a piece of art is unique. It is the product of the artist’s worldview, an expression of their ideas and emotions regarding themes and the time they live in. Even if we collect artworks with reproductions, their editions are limited.
- EMPATHY and CREATIVITY
Art collecting is particularly linked to the appreciation of beauty and harmony. A piece of art can be intended for decoration, it can be chosen for the experience of enjoyment and contemplation. Art collecting is not only for experts. Anyone who can relate to a certain artistic style, empathizes with the artists’ life story , or just has an interest and the desire to treasure art can begin to do so.
Art collecting is a creative act, since the collector is the one setting their own rules. They define what will be the common thread of their collection, which artworks to include, where to buy them, and make a statement of their own aesthetic interest and individuality. Studying and researching art will offer them the possibility of cultivating their taste, expanding their knowledge and their culture.
When an artwork is acquired, it becomes the collector’s asset. Historically, art collecting has been a profitable investment, as the artwork can increase in economic value in the market. In addition by acquiring art, the collector is strengthening the industry, the market, and the art circuit.
Art has a deeply human dimension. Art is a matter of the soul. It is a manual, digital elaboration of a philosophy. Art is beauty, decoration, and enjoyment. It is gesture, color, and vibration. It is sensibility and a method. Art is a representation, interpretation, and communication. Art is a mirror of one's own world and an approach to the other.
Particularly in art collecting, the collectors’ motivation is usually linked to the meaning of the artwork - the value it has for themselves, for humanity, and society. The relevance of an artwork is determined according to several variables. For example, an artwork can be considered valuable due to the historical moment or the social, geographical context in which it was made. Other important criteria are - whether it is a key piece for an artistic movement, if it represents a certain artistic style, if it was created by a famous artist with an extraordinary life, if the artwork is elaborated with a particular technique or materials, etc.