A Passion for Collecting Art

I don’t have a romantic attachment to what could have been. If I had kept all the work I had ever bought it would feel like Kane sitting in Xanadu surrounded by his loot. It’s enough to know that I have owned shown so many masterpieces of modern times. ~ Charles Saatchi ~  British art collector founder of Saatchi Saatchi ad agency.


Who’s the art world’s biggest spender? On the basis of recent acquisitions of Impressionist paintings, works by Picasso Bacon, among others, the most votes in an informal survey go to Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed bin Ali al-Thani. He is a member of the Qatar royal family has been on the list of ARTnews 200, as well as on the Top Ten. Sheikh al-Thani has reportedly spent several hundred millions of dollars on art in recent years.

The Top Ten art collectors of this year also include Hélène Bernard Arnault, Debra Leon Black, Edythe L. Eli Broad, Halit Cingillioglu, Alex ra Steven A. Cohen, Laurence Graff, Philip S. Niarchos, François Pinault Emily Mitchell Rales. Art is a passion for these billionaires, but it is also a valuable asset.
Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet when making significant purchases or sales related to their collections. At art auctions they often place anonymous bids for major artwork. Therefore, the whereabouts of most of the world’s most valuable artwork is probably unknown.
Charles Saatchi, the advertising guru, is famous for supporting contemporary British artists like Damien Hirst Tracey Emin. He was a passionate collector of young artists often could make or break an artist by what he purchased /or sold. Still he said: “I don’t buy art in order to leave a mark or to be remembered; clutching at immortality is of zero interest to anyone sane.”
In the last couple of years while the recession put nearly everything into a freeze, the art world too stood still. An article in the September 2010 issue of Art Ltd Magazine that during the Wall Street wagering cabalistic investment gambits, the contemporary art market was sizzling the race to accumulate was on. Publicity around fast rising art prices both at galleries auctions, particularly with regards to precocious young artists, triggered much of the binge buying.
Wantabe art collectors, it seemed, went into a spending frenzy. The simple fact is, we all kind of lost our minds noted Art Ltd. The good news– certainly for collectors– is prices have in many cases settled to more sensible levels. “The true dedicated, informed, lifelong art buyers have crawled back out from under their beds are more than delighted to be back in the game. And even though the frenzy to accumulate is no longer quite so nuts, pretty much anyone will tell you that pragmatic reality isn’t all that awful, that there’s plenty to be said for thoughtful buyers who know how to evaluate potential purchases, who can intelligently dialogue with galleries about the art artists they represent. “
Which brings us to our local art world the numerous artists living creating on the high desert.  Whether you’re an avid collector or just know what you like, we can help artists thrive by purchasing local art whenever you can. Our collections may not be worth millions but the sense of owning something cleverly crafted by a local artist is tremendously gratifying. It just may astonish you how rewarding it will be.


by PAMELA HULSE ANDREWS Cascade A&E Publisher

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