This is something I feel I have learned this past weekend with my new collectors. The very best collectors are more like partners, they love your work and want you to be successful. My collectors over the last couple of years have shifted my thinking for the better with regards to collecting, so I thought I would share.
- They research you ahead of time.
- They care about the products you use in your art.
- They can afford many or all of your works, but choose only what they truly love.
- They care about the individual work so much they are curious to know its history in the world. Shows? Awards? Publications?
- They care about your compensation for the art, and will do things like write checks so you don't have to pay credit card fees.
- They talk of letting artists borrow the works for outside shows.
- They ask if they may buy your art. They don't presume.
- They ask for the Certificate of Authenticity and wish only to have originals.
- They place the art in places of honor within their homes.
- They express what a privilege and inspiration it is to them to own your art.
This certainly makes me pause to reflect my process of collecting. Am I honoring the artists and their work during the process? Am I being present to the privilege of being surrounded by their creativity?
What if we all saw the transfer of art in this way?
What is your favorite way to honor the art and artists in your lives?