One of the great things about collecting contemporary art is that you have the oppurtnity to never stop learning and finding new, and potentially collection changing, paths for your collection to go down. Here, we look at two books that deal solely with collecting – one that looks at how to navigate the often confusing world of the art market and the second that looks into how to start adding Video Art to your collection.
Collecting Art for Love, Money and More. Text by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner. Published by Phaidon
Written by art advisors Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Collecting Art for Love, Money and More takes from their own experience from working with collectors and institutions of contemporary art to offer this insider's view into the opaque and often hard to navigate world of collecting art. Adopting a Q&A format, the book asks the questions that many just-beginning collectors want to ask, but are sometimes too afraid to ask, with each question illustrated by a series of photographs/extended captions. Not just sticking to the mind of a collector, however, Thea and Ethan dive into the many facets of the art world, including exhibitions, art fairs, biennales and the all important topic of how to keep your artwork safe in storage. A must read for anyone that is just starting their collecting journey!
I Have A Friend Who Knows Someone Who Bought A Video, Once By Loop Barcelona. Published By Mousse Publishing
Seen world-wide as one of the leading art fairs for showcasing Video Art, LOOP Barcelona have recently published a must-have handbook for all of the questions and debates surrounding collecting moving-image artworks. The publication features contributions from international curators, art critics, leading time-based collectors such as Julia Stoschek, Alain Servais, Haro Cumbusyan and Marc and Josée Gensollen, artists, and even a lawyer that specializes in Video Art to help clear up any confusion over production rights. If you are a collector of time-based artworks, or are interested in adding video works to your collection, I Have a Friend Who Knows Someone Who Bought a Video, Once, is the book for you!