As busy art enthusiasts grow into the role of avid collector, a readily accessible tool to help manage basic data and documentation associated with the acquisition of artwork becomes increasingly necessary. The free Artwork Tracker Application for the iPhone is one such mobile tool that not only collectors, but artists and art dealers will benefit having at their fingertips when on the go. While Artwork Tracker is not comprehensive, it allows the user to keep tabs on rudimentary information about artworks, including images, the medium, purchase price, loans and submissions, publications, sales, clients, export and import features and more.
Just why, how and what artwork data is crucial to manage effectively are topics that art advisors cover with their collectors; however, if you’re collecting solo, Artwork Tracker is an excellent resource to key in on what to keep on file, close at hand. Tinkering around with collection management mobile applications like the one featured here will familiarize you with the ins and outs of collecting, allowing a top-down view of the various elements that go into collecting well.
Finally, a word of caution: We recommend using Artwork Tracker in conjunction with Artsystems software, a comprehensive collection management product relied on by art world professionals. Among other features, Artsystems functionality allows for attaching condition reports, consignment forms, appraisals, shipping and framing receipts and other integral data to the artwork file.