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4 Secrets to Collecting Art Explained

Contemporary art expert Leah Harmuth reveals insider tips on starting an art collection today.

New York, NY, May 02, 2013 --( Not sure how to navigate the artworld but want to start a collection that’s fun, interesting and valuable? While the contemporary art market has exploded recently, buying art can seem daunting. Four insider tips on how start an art collection are revealed today on Leah Harmuth’s website, As a contemporary fine art expert with a Masters Degree in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute and as a collector herself, Leah Harmuth knows first hand what its like to initiate a collection and demystifies the process.

“When beginning a contemporary fine art collection, start with something that is of interest to you. You really just want to identify some kind of unifying concept.” Leah says. It could be a color, abstraction or figuration, or merely the purpose or feel of a room.

“Begin collecting with one piece of art and construct around it. You don’t need to--and probably shouldn’t--buy everything at once,” is another piece of advice from Leah. It’s possible to start small by focusing on emerging artists or prints if there is a limited budget. You don’t have to be 'rich and famous' to be a collector.

Another myth Leah mentions on her website is to ask questions. “Visiting galleries and buying work can sometimes seem intimidating. Feel free to ask questions and don’t worry about an 'incorrect' interpretation of a work—it’s all part of the dialogue,” says Leah.

Finally, continue to seek inspiration by visiting galleries, seeing other collections and looking in books and magazines. “As cliché as it sounds, collecting art is extremely personal, so buy only what you love and experiment with placement. Once you start identifying artists and galleries that appeal to you, buying art becomes addictive.”

About Leah Harmuth and
Leah Harmuth, founder of Harmuth Fine Arts and, is an art and business consultant focusing on emerging and established artists, timeless design, and portfolio-building.

She currently provides freelance consulting services to artists regarding gallery representation and contract negotiation, as well as advises private and corporate clients on matters pertaining to collection management, including acquisitions, consignment, provenance, connoisseurship, rights of first refusal, and primary offerings. Ms Harmuth also arranges appraisals, authentication, and conservation of artwork by relevant experts and institutions.
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