Art Advisory Services

The Educated Collector

An “art experience” should be provocative – emotionally, intellectually, or both. This is particularly true of modern and contemporary art, which frequently requires a different kind of education and information, dealing with more complex, often abstract, thinking.

Oftentimes, when people think of modern and contemporary art, they think of either modernists like Pablo Picasso or 20th and 21st century artists with high media profiles like Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and Damien Hirst. Their signature works – their brands – are often imprinted in our minds as "art," irrespective of the artist’s original intent.

For some people, the idea of an artist conjures up stereotypical notions of a "tortured soul," battling hardship to create works, which may only be understood after the artist's death. For others, "artist" may imply celebrity and, in some cases, wealth. Both of these perceptions are extremes.

The majority of today's artists are highly skilled, possessing training or fine arts degrees from specialty schools or universities. The work of successful, highly respected artists does not typically languish. It is validated and critiqued by museum curators, commercial galleries, and the art press. Today, it is unusual for talented, productive artists to go unnoticed. There are few slumbering giants.

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