The art world can be a very daunting place, with those that are ‘in the know’ and those that aren’t. At Collectionair we believe that everyone and anyone can be involved in the art world, to enjoy art in all ways; collecting, visiting exhibitions and even just being able to talk about it. After all, when it comes down to it, art should be about what you see, not what you know.
For a tongue in cheek documentation of the art world read Sarah Thornton’s Seven Days in the Art World, a real A to Z of how things work and who does what where. Over seven days, and seven chapters, Thornton works her way through the auction, the crit, the fair, the prize, the magazine, the studio visit and finally the Biennale. Take it with a pinch of salt and enjoy what has become one of the most celebrated current and up to date commentaries on the supposed glamour behind ‘the art world’.
For something more informative about how to collect, but still dynamic and interesting, we recommend Michael Findlay’s The Value of Art. A sort of ‘how-to’ manual for collecting, but one even experienced collectors could benefit from consulting! Findlay, prominent art dealer and market expert, introduces the way the art market actually works with prose designed to make your life easier, not harder. You’ll learn about primary markets, secondary markets, what it means to buy at auction plus a whole load of tricks of the trade in this jam-packed book. A long running art world ‘usual’ Findlay doesn’t disappoint when it comes to anecdotes and insider stories that really help to include you in the world of contemporary art.