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There are two primary collecting strategies, which are both valid:
- A "broad" or "encyclopedic" approach consists of developing a collection with work from a large number of artists. This strategy captures the many facets of a collector's interests.
- An "in-depth" approach focuses on a select number of artists, whose work is collected in significant depth over an extended period of time. This strategy provides insight into the development of each artistís career and practice.
Americans, particularly, often take a more "encyclopedic" approach to building collections of one or two pieces by a broad range of artists. An "in-depth" strategy is often associated with a European tradition of collecting, where emphasis is on developing a strong, core collection, providing an aesthetic or intellectual basis on which to build. Ultimately the most critical attribute in building any collection is the collector's passion for the ideas reflected in the art and the process of building a collection of aesthetic and economic value.