Collecting art is a process that hinges on risk, and it is perhaps this factor that draws so many into its vortex. Of course, risk is relative to each collector, and though some would guess the primary concern to be financial, that is actually not the case. When purchasing art with the consultant’s guidance, collectors soon realize significant works can be found within their budget. The risk then is a fear that one doesn’t know himself or herself well enough to find the work representative of confirmed beliefs, an unsettling thought that can present a crisis of one’s worldview. What happens when you engage with art from a place of certainty is a collection that merely confirms your perspective. There is a way, however, to counteract this tendency: When life changes and perspective is in a state of flux, seize the opportunity to look at art from gallery programs, residencies, studios and museums outside your usual preference.
A collection can gain focus or take a surprising turn during a period of personal growth, and it is at this time when clients dive into their pursuit with renewed vigor.