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February 09, 2006


Todd W.

Glad to see you're back at it. With a 1-year-old in the house, I can certainly see how its tough to juggle everything.

The most interesting psychological aspect of this issue is why some people feel they need additional reasons for a purchase beyond their love for a piece. On first read of your post, iI took this to mean they want a rational underpinning for spending what is sometimes a significant amount of money. But after short reflection I got more generous and I think they also want ot expand their understand of why they love a piece of art, perhaps so that can find another that they love.


Todd, I also believe that there is an educational component to collecting art that differentiates it from decorating with art. In most cases, especially for new collectors, unless they are learning - about art, galleries, artists or whatever - while purchasing, then they may be simply purchasing wall decoration. There is nothing wrong with appraoching art as decoration, but some want to go deeper. Like wine collectors. I am a wine drinker...I don't know much about it, but I like to drink it. I am not a wine collector, even though at any given time I may have 10 to 20 bottles of wine in my house for entertaining purposes. Wine connoisseurs enjoy learning about wine and collecting bottles that they know a lot about - good years, good vintages, good vineyards, etc. This seperates them from the likes of me. I enjoy drinking it, not studying it. Make sense?

Elston Williams

There is a really good website that has a very informative art buying guide on it. The site is www.buynewart.com

buynewart seem to have a really interesting approach to contemporary art collecting and I think the limited edition photography that they have not the site a wonderful.

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