The art collector as a generator of ideas and propeller of artists
The impact that an art collector can have is not only an intellectual contribution
The impact that an art collector can have is not only an intellectual contribution, as its effect can be much more personal and human, affecting the career of an artist
The art world is a living organism composed of multiple actors who, together, choreographed a dance that gives it form and meaning. Artists, museum directors, gallerists, art advisors, curators... all of them play a decisive and indispensable role so that this organism not only survives, but also moves forward. In this game all participants are equally important, since one would not exist without the other, and that makes it a very exciting and fun game for everyone. Among these actors there is also the art collector.
The collector is not a mere buyer, a consumer of images just pleased by their aesthetic or someone who is seduced by the swings of the art market on the promise of a good investment. It’s essential to differentiate the art buyer from the art collector. The former consumes randomly, while the latter, in the face of the decision to collect, assumes a long-term commitment. Creating a collection means starting with an idea or a question that will give meaning, as a story or thread, to the whole collection, so that each purchase must be reflected and weighed against the premise that it responds to the initial question, which can respond to matters of time, geography or intellectual nature.
A well-armed collection can be of great importance, acquiring the role of a transmitting tool of historical knowledge, as well as propelling new ideas and reflections that can reach beyond the exhibition halls. It should not be forgotten that, after all, art among other things is a great weapon of communication with the ability to challenge the status quo and make both society and the individual move forward.
Also, the impact that an art collector can have is not only an intellectual contribution, as its effect can be much more personal and human, affecting the career of an artist, especially when deciding to bet on young and emerging artists.
The figure of the collector is intrinsic to the history of art. First it was the Church, later they were called patrons, as the Medici were to Da Vinci, etc. After all, few artists enjoy an economic status that is solid enough to work without worry, and that's where a buyer figure can be crucial. If one believes in the work of an artist, if he communicates with it, investing in his work it is investing in the artist himself and, in many cases, giving him the opportunity to have a long career, which will also benefit the collector. In addition, a collector with a good eye and who acquires a set of interesting pieces also helps to increase the value of each piece individually and, consequently, the status of the artist.