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How to Collect Art (Hardback)

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By Virginia Blackburn
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781399096966
Published: 20th July 2023



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People have always made art and people have always collected art. But it is only recently that collecting became possible for everyone, not just the very rich. Indeed, collecting has never been more popular, as the rise of art fairs, antique fairs, television programmes devoted to finding treasures in your attic and much more attests. And not only is collecting fun, it could be potentially very profitable, too.

But where to start? These days everything is collectable, from Old Masters to 1950s kitchenalia and it can be bewildering when you start out. And not just when you start out. Even experienced collectors need some help and guidance and How To Collect Art provides exactly this. Author and collecting expert Virginia Blackburn takes you through everything you need to know, tackling not only mainstream fields such as paintings, furniture, china and statuary, but through antiquities, modern sculpture, Sailors’ Valentines, street art and much, much more. This is a comprehensive look at many and varied fields of collecting, for amateur and professional alike.

Virginia also explains how to educate yourself in your chosen field, and where to go to find the art you buy, covering galleries, auctions, degree shows and more. She explains how, when and where to bargain, looks at ways of displaying your collection and helps you get into the mindset of a collector. Art may be for art’s sake, but it provides the rest of us with a lot of pleasure too.

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About Virginia Blackburn

Virginia Blackburn is a highly knowledgeable author and expert on the art world. She has been writing about collecting for over 20 years, for newspapers and magazines including The TimesHow To Spend It and Canvas magazine. She is also the co-author of Contemporary Kingdom: The Saudi Art Scene Now. She writes across the national press and is also the author of two novels. She lives in London with her husband and three Burmese cats.

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