I went to the Weisman Art gallery recently on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. It is a great art museum with a large variety of art and artists. While there, I bought a book called the Art of Buying Art by Paige West. It is a pretty book with a lot of color photographs of various art and artists. There is a lot of good information in it, but not enough to justify the $40 price tag. I’d pick it up on Amazon for less.
It did have a lot of really good ideas for the beginning art collector. The one I am starting immediately is keeping a collector’s journal. This is a journal of what shows you are attending, what caught your eye, what you did not like, and names of artists you were interested in. Sketches or even pictures should be put into it so you remember what you saw. I thought this was an awesome idea. I’ll be repurposing an old sketch book to do just that.
I’ve seen artists keep art journals, but had not thought of that for myself as a collector. Good stuff.