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Western Art Collector - - LETTER FROM THE EDITOR -

In the last few is­sues, I have been dis­cussing the im­por­tance of brick and mor­tar gal­leries and the ex­pe­ri­ence that comes from buy­ing art from these phys­i­cal lo­ca­tions. Lately, I have mod­er­ated sev­eral panel dis­cus­sions on this process, pan­els made up of col­lec­tors, art deal­ers, auc­tion pro­fes­sion­als and mu­seum cu­ra­tors. What ev­ery­one seems to agree on is that buy­ing art is a per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence that is made better when a collector has some­one like a gallery owner or art dealer to of­fer ad­vice, find new artists and show col­lec­tors how to sup­port an artist through­out the du­ra­tion of their art ca­reers.

Col­lec­tors are pas­sion­ate peo­ple who care deeply about the art they buy and add to their own per­sonal col­lec­tions. Most col­lec­tors choose the art they buy via deep emo­tional con­nec­tions that su­per­sede the financial as­pects of the trans­ac­tion. Hav­ing said that, art deal­ers live with this every sin­gle day, are sur­rounded by the art daily while work­ing in the gallery and are think­ing about it, talk­ing about it, pro­mot­ing it con­tin­u­ally. That is why I feel it is still im­por­tant for a collector to find a dealer, or deal­ers, they en­joy work­ing with and use them for in­for­ma­tion when it comes to art pur­chases. I find most art deal­ers to be in­valu­able re­sources who will more than hap­pily share their ex­per­tise with in­ter­ested col­lec­tors to help them along their own par­tic­u­lar col­lect­ing jour­ney.

The best ad­vice is to shop around, find a few peo­ple whose tastes align with yours and who you trust, and then use them for ad­vice, much in the same way you shop for an ac­coun­tant, a stock­bro­ker or an at­tor­ney. Then the rest is up to you. The buy­ing part, that is! En­joy!

Sin­cerely, Joshua Rose

P.S. We are al­ways look­ing for new top­ics for our widely pop­u­lar Collector’s Fo­cus sec­tions. These are great be­cause they al­low col­lec­tors a chance to see a wide range of avail­able art from one com­mon sub­ject mat­ter at once. If we’ve missed a col­lect­ing cat­e­gory, please let me know! We are al­ways look­ing for ways to better the mag­a­zine. I can be reached at editor@west­ernart­col­lec­tor.com.

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