Q. I am thirty years old and live in Manhattan and have an interest in contemporary art. What is the best way for me to start collecting if I don’t have any prior experience? – Mary C.
A. First, it is important to see as much art as you can to develop your eye and understanding of contemporary art in general. Whether you go to galleries on the weekends or visit museums on your holidays, you can always fit art and culture into your schedule since galleries and museums accommodate the public and remain open during “off hours”. Since you live in NYC, gallery hopping is a popular and fun Saturday afternoon activity in Chelsea. You can see dozens of galleries in one neighborhood – there is no other city in the world where you can do that! Pop in and sign-up to receive invites to art openings in the future. Once you get a feel for what you like, create a list of artists that caught your eye or that you want to learn more about and start following them.
Art fairs are also a great way to see a lot of art under one roof and cultivate your interests. Before you know it you will discover your inner art lover enjoying the many splendors that art has to give.
Art Tip: If an artwork provokes a response from you, whether positive or negative, it usually means there is some value in it for you so don’t give up on it!