November 7, 2005
Via this post at The View from the Edge of the Universe we see that Artnet has a list up of Ten Tips for art collectors, a collector's "treatise" of sorts shared by NYC collector Eileen Cohen at an ADAA Collector's Forum a month back.
Now, I wouldn't know Cohen from Eve, and most of her tips do sound quite reasonable. A couple really rubbed me the wrong way, though, beginning with:
4. Don't be fooled by an artist's charm—these days, artists learn how to sell themselves in art school. The best artists don't try to sell their work.
If I didn't know better, I'd guess she was a dealer defending her 50%. After all, isn't bullshiting potential buyers their job? (No, really, I kid.) And, ultimately, what do artists know about art anyways?
6. To learn about new art, set up a network of art informers, from writers and curators to art dealers. Don't be afraid to ask foolish questions! Artists are always great to talk to, but they aren't always great judges of art (they tend to like art that is similar to their own, or the art of their friends).
I'll be charitable for a moment and assume she means that artists aren't necessarily good market speculators. Because, in all honesty, they do tend to be some of the better judges of art as such that you're likely to find. Let's not cut them out of the loop just yet.
"Monday Morning Drive-By Snark"
Posted by Dan at 11:38 AM