ArtXchangeGR Collector Membership Perks
One problem that often arises for emerging art collectors is knowing where to start. Well, let me start by saying there are many factors that create challenges to becoming an art collector. Whatever the difficulties might be, they typically fall into one or two categories: 1.) Art Insight & Access or 2.) Capital Consideration. Art Insight and Access refer to one’s appreciation, understanding, and perception of art. It also denotes the networks and channels with which one can acquire artwork. Knowing where to go to aquire high-quality art is sometimes a challenge for collectors. Additionally, collectors sometimes hesitate to aquire art because of an uncertainty in undetstanding the art's meaning, style, subject matter, etc. As for Capital Consideration, think of it as art and money. It relates to one’s financial resources and the ability to afford high-quality artwork. Many collectors think that art is unaffordable or has to be expensive to have value. The chart below is a broad illustration of barriers of entry to collecting art. See if you can identify your place on the chart.
The good news is regardless of where you might be on this chart, ArtXchange Grand Rapids can help. Join the ArtXchange Grand Rapids Art Collector Sector FREE of charge, and our team of professional curators will guide you on finding your inspiration, honing your aesthetic, connecting to local artists and galleries, and buying wisely. ArtXchange Grand Rapids will walk alongside of you as you build confidence and familiarity with the unwritten rules of art collection. You can work with a local curator who can help you get access to high value/quality artwork without breaking the bank. Perhaps finances are not the issue, but you are having a hard time spotting a potential “blue chip” artists and just can’t decide which piece might be the perfect heirloom. Now that you know where you are in your journey as a collector, let us help you get to where you want to be. To join now, enter your email above.
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For some, collecting art is a hobby. For others, it can be that mental and physical effort that leads to a greater purpose. For me, it's a little of both. Here are the top 10 reasons I collect art.
One of my greatest joys is the visuals of an amazing work of art. The colors, lines, shapes, and subject matter are often what pull my attention and retain my affinity. Additionally, art's aesthetic dignifies and elevates the ambiance of my home, and helps me create the right vibe.
I believe it’s my responsibility and obligation to preserve and present my culture to anyone willing to spectate. Art allows me to present my culture in the most emotional, comprehensive, and engaging way possible.
It’s not enough for me to just say I love the arts. I must prove it with my actions by investing my time, talent, and treasure into the local art scene. I try hard to get to know local artists and understand what makes them create. I try hard to boost Grand Rapids’ art culture, art commerce, and art credentials to help build a world-class hub for the creative class.
Collecting art allows me to be a part of a collective that is the most passionate of any cohort in existence. As art-minded people, we simply get each other. We don't always agree, but we always appreciate each other’s vibe. It's like having another family.
I believe that most art, intentionally or unintentionally, carries and conveys a message. I find great pleasure in examining the colors, lines, shapes, subject matter, and other features to decipher that message and possibly learn something new.
One of the ways I connect to past generations is through art. It has allowed me to understand a little more about those who came and went before me. I hope to continue that tradition and keep the connection between generations alive so that my grandkids and great-grandkids will know who I was and who they are.
I must admit that my collection highlights my sporadic selfish disposition. Most of the art I collect speaks to me personally and relates to my own life’s journey. Most of the artwork in my collection speaks to things I’ve gone through, my wants and desire, and my interests alone.
Artists can problem solve and create like some of the greatest mathematicians, engineers, and scientists to ever exist. I get inspired by their ability to overcome setbacks and fashion something that has never existed.
Building assets is never my primary purpose for adding a piece to my collection, but I know the potential exists. I first must love the artwork, but possibly discovering a “blue chip” artist is very exciting. The posibility of seeing the value of my collection increase is icing on the cake.