We’ve all heard it said before. The golden rule of collecting art is to buy what you love.
Loving the art you purchase is important because you have to live with it. You are responsible for its care and longevity. But just because you love it does not make it a valuable or important work of art. If you are serious about collecting art, and not just decorating your home, make sure to do your homework on the artist and the gallery before you buy. Is it a reputable gallery? Do they have relationships with museum curators and established collectors? What is the artist’s educational background? Has the artist been reviewed by an established art critic? Has the artist’s work been collected by a museum or prominent collector? These are just a few of the many questions you should ask to establish if the art that you have just fallen in love with is worth considering as an addition to your collection.