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How to Start Collecting Art

You Don’t Need to be Rich to Start an Art Collection

Let’s put it bluntly. For most of us, starting an art collection sounds intimidating. Art galleries can be a bit pretentious and the idea of getting into some of these places with a not-so-full-wallet is daunting for the majority of us living simple lives.

You don’t need to be wealthy in order to start an art collection. Many of the art collectors I know started collecting art on a small budget, including very notorious ones. Remember, art galleries function in a similar way to high-end retailers so, ultimately, they need to generate sales.

Collectors are needed by gallerists and artists and they don’t expect you to start with a big purchase. Top-notch galleries also sell younger, emerging artists alongside bigger names. Investing in works of art by both existing and lesser-known names is a good way of beginning to gather and kicking off your art collection.

Learn and follow your intuition investing in emerging artists

Building a stunning collection of art is like having style. It is a mix of taste, knowledge, and intuition. It is primordial to educate yourself before making a purchase and search for opportunities online and in smaller galleries. You can accumulate the art collection of your dreams by investing in emerging artists. Nevertheless, your first reference should always be your heart. You should make a final decision on the purchase of art because you love it and want to live with it because the market can be volatile and fickle.

You Don’t Have To Be Rich To Start Collecting Art
Miami Art Basel 2019


Over time, by attending art fairs, galleries, and exhibitions—some good ones Miami Art Basel, Affordable Art Fair or Frieze in New York you can refine your taste and make informed purchases by seeing what the current market looks like—and what pieces are being sold. By gaining a sense of trends, you will get an idea of how the markets affect the value of certain works of art. If you are unable to attend art fairs, take a look through the galleries on show at the art fairs’ websites.

How to make smart purchases when buying an art piece

If you want to start with a bigger name artist. A piece of good advice is to never undervalue a drawing. Most often it is the genesis of a more extensive artwork. And, as the traditional masterpiece hierarchy goes, paper is usually much less expensive than canvas. 

On the other hand, art tech startups are also changing the way we collect art, and young collectors flock to discover new work online more than ever. Platforms like Instagram offer collectors an endless stream of online galleries to search through.

An artist’s work will often be sold at a more modest price online, without representation. If you find something on the Internet or an artist on Instagram that you like, don’t be afraid to send a message to that artist, and see what is available.

Keep an eye on the art schools in your area, invest in art that supports the community 

A great place to begin the purchase of art pieces for your collection, before prices for an artist begin to rise is through school exhibitions. You may snag a good art investment piece before the artist becomes widely known. It is also an excellent way to support artists early in their careers.

How To Start Collecting Art
Greenpoint and Gowanus Open Studios are great places to find new art and meet artists.


Check out art schools in your area and look for portfolio reviews and exhibitions during their calendar year (Pratt Institue, The School of Visual Arts.) Gallery owners also attend these events for new talent. You will be at the cutting-edge of what is happening in the world of art. It is probably risky, but it can make a big difference in the future, for the artist, and for your art collection.

In summary,  how to start collecting art 

Most importantly, learn about art and the artists you like, their history and how they became noticed. Having an educated opinion and some knowledge of art history will train your eye. Follow the emerging artists you like and try to schedule a studio visit or a private view of their work before purchasing anything online. Get a website, blog or some sort of more professional Intenet presence. Try to attend art meetups and join art collectors groups. Go for it and don’t get intimidated. Ultimately it is not about the money but about taste and making smart choices.

6 Cutting-Edge Barcelona Art Galleries

Beyond Barcelona’s main museums and attractions, there is a gallery world and scene emerging throughout the city.  For instance, since 2015 Barcelona Gallery Weekend has offered gallerists and art lovers a meeting ground and a place to discover new artists and openly talk about works of art. Galleries that understand the power of direct communication with their audience with a down-to-earth artistic attitude are in the cutting-edge of today’s art scene. Below a few of Barcelona art galleries worth skipping a museum:

Marlborough Barcelona Art Galleries

Marlborough Barcelona Art Gallery

The Marlborough Gallery has acquired considerable prestige as pioneers in the display of works by German expressionist artists, holding significant exhibits featuring works by important artists, such as Francis Bacon or Henry Moore. Actually, the network has spaces for exhibits in New York, London, Tokyo, Rome, Florida, Madrid, and Barcelona, which opened in 2006 and was presented in partnership with several other galleries, museums, and public and private organizations. The scope of their exhibitions includes both national and international consecrated and emergent artists, to whom they give great creative freedom so that a broad range of proposals can be observed, both in styles and with regard to artistic support.

Àngels Barcelona Gallery

Experimental art enthusiasts should find their way to Barcelona’s El Raval streets just 50 meters from the MACBA Contemporary Art Museum. We refer to the Àngels Barcelona Gallery as a project which, since its establishment in 2007, has sought a representative discourse about the social environment and a critical approach to the artistic process and to its languages. In the exhibition space, works by well-known artists, such as  Daniel Ortiz, Ion Fontcuberta, Pep Agut or Esther Ferrer, can be seen.

Joan Prats Barcelona Art Gallery

Founded in 1976, Joan Prats Gallery is a pioneer in the international contemporary art scene and has taken part in major exhibition fairs, including ARCO Madrid or Art Basel, since its creation. Joan Prats Gallery dedicates itself to disseminating and exploring the works of its painters, including the painters, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Luis Gordillo and Albert Ràfols-Casamada.

3 Punts Art Galleries in Barcelona

3 Punts Gallery

3 Punts Galerry was created in 1994, with the aim of promoting contemporary art in its many events, making its artists known through regular exhibitions and art fairs. You can see works by artists such as José Cobo, Erika Babatz, Paola de Grenet, Sito Mújica or Juan Perdiguero in their Enric Granados Street facilities among other places. 

Balaguer Gallery

The Balaguer Gallery has been committed since it was founded in 2004 to promoting contemporary art in its multiple events, making exhibitions of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and performing arts. His line of action in recent years is designed to promote the career of young new talent and is thus consolidated as one of the reference quarries in the Spanish contemporary art landscape. Names like Víctor Jaenada, Dominica Sánchez and Albert Gusi are among the artists who exhibit their creations at the Balaguer Gallery.

ProjecteSD Exhibition Space

ProjecteSD is an exhibition space created in 2003 with the goal of creating a dialog between the work of established artists and young artists. The work of the ProjecteSD Gallery seeks to confront pieces of different styles, periods and contexts so that the intrinsic value of works over trends, trends, and trends is emphasized. In addition to regular exhibitions to promote the careers of resident artists at home, ProjectteSD gives significant importance to the development of artist books with an editorial section. It has been given a high standard in the art world, with its own label focused on the careful selection of artists beyond market trends and the consistency of his exhibition program.

Art Tech Startups

Art Tech Startups Disrupting Collectors and Curators

While art and technology industries continue to live in different orbits, both of them are closer to collide due to the meteoric rise of e-commerce, blockchain art networks, and disintermediation.

As a result of this art-tech clash, today’s art collectors are more active, and artists may interact digitally with galleries or museums, showcasing their work through multiple channels. On the other hand, new technologies simplify the workings of the art world, offering solutions and tools that art tech startups are providing to this new audience and clientele.


Robot muralist embellishing many cities all over the world
The spraypainter robot. A spray painting by art tech startup Robot Muralist


Immutable ledgers as blockchain transactions can be used in a particular work of art to trace their journey from the artists to the owners. A new cryptocurrency with its own exchange rate and tokens is provided by the system, making it a groundbreaking resource for the art world. Dealing with art pieces in a completely different way in which prices are set by AI blockchain processes. Think of it as a cryptocurrency specifically for art transactions.

The art industry has generally been ruled by a few people who didn’t really care about digital evolution, as the means for it to coexist weren’t there. How would have they envision the blockchain revolution that was about to take the whole industry for a trippy ride?

The core idea of these art tech startups is to help galleries and art collectors with their transition to the digital sphere. Art tech startups have enabled collectors and art acquaintances to move away from museums into a wider public. From a visit to an online gallery to a new level of transparency in art history through blockchain. These startups are offering solutions to some of the problems in the traditional art world dealership.

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Here are 5 of the most innovative art tech startups. They keep the creativity going at all times and encourage artists to do what they like the most, curate, collect and exhibit their art.


1. Robot Muralist has developed a climbing robot known as Albert that can paint images of any size on any surface. Designed for both DIY homeowners and street artists, the spray printer robot muralist can efficiently transform any design into wall art, both cost-effectively and in time. This TechChill Pitching Competition winner is based in Tartu and Silicon Valley. Most importantly, they also help cities become public galleries and contribute to the happiness and of people living in more eye-pleasant spaces.

2. Muzing: Visiting a museum is as much as of an enrichment self-act as it is a social one. Muzing is about sharing this cultural, art interests with others. Discover people interested in the same art shows, connect and plan your outing. This niche-dating app might just be the future of dating.


Art Tech Startup Fresco blockchain

3. Fresco: Designed as a trust distribution platform for artists, retailers and art associations, Fresco is a Swiss startup created in 2017 aiming to simplify the art industry’s trust-checking process. The company has also presented the FRESCO Art Award, the first blockchain art prize in the world, and plans to build a digital museum to showcase FRESCO artists’ curated work.

4. DADA.nyc: A social network to connect art lovers. Artists who use DADA are encouraged to work with other artists to bring their work to life and when the work becomes a reality, the platform acts as a marketplace that can be powered by smart contracts to solve their work.

5. Artbinder: Back in 2014 ArtBinder raised more than $3M to help galleries doing the transition into mobile. Since then it has attracted an international client list, including over 300 of the most well-known galleries and dealers. Galleries joined because it allows them to show art to their buying clients in a simpler and accessible manner and to organize and manage their inventories.

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