- Who collects art? Everyone from anywhere can and does collect art. Do you need to have a degree in art or design to be able to start collecting art? NO, if a piece speaks to you, get it, you don’t have to know why. You will figure that out over time. The work will engage you now and continue to engage you over time. You will see it differently: as you age, as your life experiences grow, as your mood and outlook on life continue to evolve, your perspective and experience of the work will be dynamic.
- Does art work need to match the couch, decor, wall color? No, I honestly believe if you like it and it speaks to you, then it will fit within your own aesthetic and style. You may not be aware of your own aesthetic, but we each have one. It is how we select our clothes when we get dressed, what color towels you own, the color of your walls inside and out of your home, it is the palette of your wardrobe. All these little decisions add up to your “style” that is uniquely yours. Collecting art is not rocket science, it is paying attention to what grabs you and keeps engaging you.
- Why buy art? Art does more than decorate a space. It creates discussion, a mood or tone, a focal point, a place to start a conversation, it makes a statement, it generates questions. Asking questions is a good thing. Art elevates our soul and our mind. Collecting art, seeing art enriches your life.
- Can I really afford to buy art and start collecting art? Yes, anyone can buy art. Buy what you like and what you can afford at that time. Get to know the artist you bought it from. Connecting with the work’s creator is very enriching. Collecting art should be fun, like a scavenger hunt. Knowing the artist helps to understand the piece further as well have give you a greater appreciation for art, the artist, and your own experience of the piece.
- How many pieces do I need to have to have a collection? One. Collecting art can and should be something you do for fun, and over time. Herb and Dorothy Vogel lived a simple life on a modest salary. She was a librarian and he was a postman. Over time they were able to collect over 4, 000 pieces of original art work from a variety of artists. Their collection has been on exhibition, reviewed, written about, and their opinion sought after. They collect artists/friends, rather than just art, watch video clips about the Vogels. Megumi Sasaki made a documentary about this extraordinary couple who, thankfully, appreciated and hoarded art with a passion since 1962 and are willing to share their still growing collection with the public. Herb & Dorothy Selected Clip #4 from Herb & Dorothy on Vimeo.
6. What criteria should I use to collect art? Try the Vogel’s 3 criteria:
- Is the work affordable?
- Will it fit in our home?
- Do we like it?
After the National Gallery of Art could only accept 1,000 pieces from their massive stashes of fine art, Herb and Dorothy decided to create the 50×50 project. Portions of Herb and Dorothy Vogel’s art collection will be traveling to every state in the US as part of a the 50×50 project. 50 pieces selected from their collection will travel to each of the 50 states. See when part of their collection is coming to your state, click here to hear more.
Artists in their collection: (The Vogels collected from many artists when they were starting out and continued to collect their works and follow the artists, as well as they got to know many of them over the years).