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101 Art Collecting

Want to be the next Henry Clay Frick or Isabella Stewart Gardner? Dwell offers some pointers on starting your own collection.

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Louise Lawler, Roy’s Eye, 2005 cibachrome laminated on aluminum museum box

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    Curating Your Thoughts

    “The act of collecting is about looking, studying, sorting, sifting, concentrating, weighing, and making decisions. It’s a lot of work. I got better at it by being rigorous. I couldn’t buy everything and it’s embarrassing to have a lot of odds and ends that don’t make sense, so I learned to narrow my focus.”
    —Carol Vena-Mondt, designer/collector

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    Exhibiting Interest

    Get your information from curators, professors of contemporary art, critics, and other collectors through your local arts organizations, newspapers, and art schools.

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    FAQs About Art

    Once you’ve purchased a piece, you’ll need to get it home and onto your wall.

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    Collecting Case Studies: Lawrence Rinder

    Lawrence Rinder is a San Francisco–based collector and dean of graduate studies at California College of the Arts. He was formerly the curator of contemporary art at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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    Collecting Case Studies: James Cahn

    James Cahn is a 25-year-old Chicago-based emerging collector and financial consultant. He collects with his partner Jeremiah Collatz, art advisor at Dirk Denison Architects.

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