* Positions the artist has held (resident artist, professor, teacher, lecturer, writer, and so on) * Publications that mention the artist such as online art sites, books, catalogues, art magazines and so on. nothing complicated, nothing overly scholarly or academic.
Knowing how to assess an artist's career information becomes increasingly important the more expensive or significant the art is that you're thinking about buying.
Basically, the more art costs, then the more respected, established and documented the artist should be.
Consequently, these techniques are not for everyone; they're mainly for people who like to spend their money wisely and who prefer to pay fair prices for quality works of art. Verbal information can also come from friends, collectors and others who are familiar with the art or artist in question.
If that happens to be you, then what you're about to read will help you become a better collector. Printed information comes in a variety of forms including artist websites, gallery websites, online artist database resources, gallery exhibition catalogues (either online or printed), artist career resumes, exhibition reviews (either online or in hard-copy publications), and art reference books, websites and databases including dictionaries of artists, art indexes, art or artist encyclopedias, monographs on artists, and art surveys or histories.
An illustrated feature or page or interview about an artist is better than a feature or page without illustrations, is better than a paragraph, is better than a sentence, and so on.
* The longer the artist has been creating and exhibiting art, the better.
Even though the following article contains recommendations and suggestions relating to particular works of art, keep in mind that there is no right or wrong art and there is no right or wrong way to buy or collect art. Let's take a more in-depth look at each one of these questions individually... For the answer to this first question, you rely on two basic sources of information, spoken and written.
Anyone can collect whatever they feel like collecting or buy whatever art they feel like buying, wherever and whenever they feel like buying it, for whatever reasons they decide to buy it, and for however much money they feel like spending on it. What is the art's provenance, history, and documentation (or more simply, where has the art been and who's owned it)? The spoken part usually comes from the artist, dealer or gallery who either represents or sells the art.
* Awards, prizes, grants and honors that the artist has received.