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Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - Mark London Owner, Ga­lerie Elca London MON­TREAL, QC

Col­lec­tions come in all shapes and sizes. Some fo­cus on a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject, artist or com­mu­nity, while oth­ers are more eclec­tic in their ap­proach. The bet­ter col­lec­tions are built by those who have put in the ef­fort to learn about the art form. My best ad­vice be­fore pur­chas­ing would be to visit as many mu­se­ums and gal­leries as pos­si­ble and to re­turn fre­quently. The more you see, the bet­ter you get at fig­ur­ing out what you like and learn­ing “who’s who”. Learn why the names are im­por­tant and, be­fore buy­ing, ask your­self, “Is this a good ex­am­ple of the artist’s work, or am I pay­ing a pre­mium for an im­por­tant sig­na­ture on an oth­er­wise un­re­mark­able work?” Don’t be afraid to ask ques­tions in gal­leries. Deal­ers should be will­ing to spend time with you and to talk to you about the works they have in their in­ven­tory. Ask­ing ques­tions is a great way to de­ter­mine whether you are com­fort­able with and/or ap­pre­ci­ated by the gallery. You will want to ally your­self with a few good deal­ers. This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant since good gal­leries are happy to work with se­ri­ous col­lec­tors, who of­ten off­load ear­lier pur­chases to up­grade as the learn­ing curve in­creases.

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