How To Start An Art Collection Without Breaking The Bank
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When we read headlines like these, we often think that collecting art is only for the rich and famous. And it's true to a certain degree - buying artwork by renowned artists can be quite an expensive affair. But that’s a small segment of all the art world.
For the rest, collecting art doesn't have to feel out of reach or like a distant dream. You can start an art collection on a budget and it’s a lot easier than you think.
There can’t be a better example than Herbert and Dorothy Vogel. Once described as "proletarian art collectors," this couple amassed a collection of over 4,782 works while working as civil servants in New York City. Their collection, consisting mostly of minimalist and conceptual art, has been called one of the most important post-1960s art collections in the United States. What truly set them apart from what most may consider the stereotypical art collector is that they only bought pieces they personally liked and could carry home on the subway or in a taxi and displayed and stored their collection in their rent-controlled one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Buying your first artwork can be an overwhelming task when you don’t know what to buy, where to buy, or how to buy within your budget. Whether you are looking for a contemporary statement piece or want to invest in art for your home, there are many ways to build an impressive art collection without breaking the bank and have a richly rewarding experience in the process. The Artling shows you how to curate an art collection you love and feel proud of while staying within your budget.