While I appreciate the fact that a lot of money is flowing into the art world right now, and a lot more artists (even ones I know) are making a living from their art, the idea that ones hires an art advisor to "save time" figuring out what one likes is revolting. Some selective quotes from today's New York Times:
As for the collectors themselves, there appear to be as many types as there are art styles. Most buy the art because they love it, and some buy it for investment reasons. As for others, no doubt it makes a banker look more colorful and erudite when he can discuss his art at a dinner party, Ms. Wächter-Campbell said.
While some work with advisers to accumulate art piece by piece over a number of years, others buy a new vacation home and call to say, Fill it with art.
Some collectors are like Ronny Zinner of Boston, who could not imagine building her contemporary collection without Leslie Rankow, a consultant based in Manhattan. I am extremely busy, and Leslie does an incredible amount of research and legwork to stay informed of whats going on in the art world, said Mrs. Zinner, who comes from a family of art collectors and owns works by artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
Ms. Rankow organizes art walks with her clients taste in mind, previewing each gallery and work to build an efficient itinerary. She prepares dossiers on artworks and artists that Mrs. Zinner and her husband, Dr. Michael Zinner, are considering adding to their collection.
Artnet also creates virtual showrooms for more than 1,700 galleries in more than 250 cities around the world, so that advisers and their clients can start a worldwide search for an artist or style without leaving their computers. There is good fortune in strolling through a gallery and falling in love with a particular work, said Ms. Rankow, but strolling takes time and many clients have little of it.