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Collector's Catalogue: Vol. 1 Issue 1
by ArtSlant Team

The Collector Base

D. Dominick Lombardi talks with collectors Richard Smolin and CJ Follini

Over the years, a few artists have made a point to tell me they care little, if at all, about ever selling their work. Whenever I hear that sentiment, I always feel this twinge of suspicion, as I know what it is like to sell one’s own work. In point of fact, there would be little art to see if there were no collectors. Commercial galleries would not exist and a lot of very creative people would be stressed, repressed and totally misunderstood if there were no patrons or collectors.

Richard Smolin, creator of the website artcycle, is a private, New York based collector who sees collecting as “a happy convergence of events."

In speaking of how his passion for collecting started, Mr. Smolin said, “The first 'new' New York Armory Show started just about the same time I had some modest funds left over after paying bills. That was 1994. The Armory Show was held in the Gramercy Hotel -- a very intimate and modest show where you shuffled from room to room. I went with a friend who was very interested in the work of a Tracey Emin. To be truthful, the work seemed very odd to me at the time. I don't remember being bowled over -- just challenged. Thinking, OK my friend found this stuff fascinating -- so what am I missing? This was the beginning of a journey of discovery that lead up to purchasing a Tracey Emin work of art for the princely sum of $150! It was significant for me, in both monetary terms and the fact that it was my first step in art collecting. The whole process of finding something new, learning about it -- the community of art, artists, galleries, art shows -- was all very new to me."

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State of the Art

According to statistics compiled from the US Census Bureau, 2007 Economic Census, approximately 1% of the reported Art Dealers are making 39% of the annual sales. That's some concentration at the high end!

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The walls in Liz Nielsen’s Bushwick studio are adorned floor to ceiling with prints, demonstrating the scope and evolution of her work. With influences ranging from Walead Beshty to Ellsworth Kelly, Nielsen’s work touches upon a wide array of interests...

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ArtSlant's Collector's Catalogue is a special edition publication focused on bringing new artists and new work to the attention of our worldwide audience of seasoned buyers, committed art lovers, and first-time purchasers. The artists included in our August 2012 Collector's Catalogue can be contacted directly or through their galleries. ArtSlant is pleased to present them for your consideration.

Posted by ArtSlant Team on 8/27/12

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