A while ago I helped to curate an exhibition that addressed ideas about personal and public collecting.
We thought, broadly, about private collections as a taming or understanding of a particular and small world, and about museum collections as taming of the natural, human and artificial world around us and understanding of our place in it. (see Russell W. Belk, Collecting in a Consumer Society). This is, of course, simplistic but for me it was strange and lovely to think about these things again after a spell on the front line of selling at the gallery@oxo. On a quiet day in the gallery with just the pdq machine and an order book in front of you one could easily feel like a cynical sales person, hoping for someone to walk in and make your day! BUT...as we rehung the exhibition and incorporated new works, talked to enthusiastic visitors or collectors and to each other about the works, artists and musicians, I was reminded that whether one is an artist, publisher, buyer, collector or gallerist, we are all in this for the love of it.
Anyway, the point of this post really is that in researching for that past exhibition I built up a list of links to videos that might be of interest to anyone thinking about starting their own art collection. That includes our very own gallery assistant Shane, aka Der Blau Writer, who couldn't resist the sight of field of teddy bears emerging from the soil for Muse, nor the cuddly teddy bear with genuine rock'n'roll mud still attached that comes with it (keep your eyes on www.hypergallery.com for news of this Muse print that is at printer's proof stage and soon to be unleashed, though i'll probably announce it here).
Art collectors discuss the art of collecting art
Major modern art collection goes under the hammer
Art collector Judith Greer on buying at Frieze
The Collector: Allan Stone's Life in Art
The Affordable Art Fair
How Not to Buy - Affordable Art Fair 2008
Paul Mellon Part 1, Paul Mellon Part 2. (There are also parts 3, 4 and 5. All very short.)