Documents on Contemporary Crafts no. 4: On Collecting
Glenn Adamson ∣ Liesbeth den Besten ∣ Paul Derrez ∣ Trude Schjelderup Iversen ∣ Gunnar B. Kvaran ∣ Knut Ljøgodt ∣ Nanna Melland ∣ Yuka Oyama ∣ Anthony Shaw ∣ Petter Snare I Margaret Wasz
Art collectors and collections make up an important part of the contemporary arts and crafts infrastructure. Art collectors and museums help improve the financial situation of artists by buying their works, but just as important is the symbolic meaning of such collections. To be included in the ‘right’ collection or museum can give an artist a high level of recognition, at the same time as the purchase secures the work a place in a system that intends to preserve it for the future. To collect is a selection process which has economic, social, political and art historical implications and ramifications for the artist, the art field and the public.
In On Collecting the authors look at collecting from public, private and personal perspectives to shed light on some of the structures that are responsible for how artworks become ‘collectable’.
Documents on Contemporary Crafts no. 4: On Collecting is published by Norwegian Crafts and Arnoldcshe Art Publishers. Available for preorder at www.arnoldsche.com