62 Stunning Art Collecting Quotes That Are Worth Knowing!

Last Updated on February 4, 2021 by Scott M. Thomas

Below you’ll see the best art collecting quotes and sayings that will blow your mind!

In today’s world, we see there are many museums and art collecting organizations all across the globe. But if you start to analyse their history, you’ll see most of them were started with just art collecting passion or by individual. Art collecting is also one kind of art. Engaging with art will help you to see the world differently. And art collectors see things that way. If you wanna know more about this you should read these quotes that we gathered from various resources. Hope you’ll enjoy it. 

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“Art collecting has traditionally been the domain of wealthy individuals in search of rewards beyond the purely financial.” – James Surowiecki

“For us, collecting is a consuming interest and a way of life.” – Daniel Greenberg

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“The fact that not every man is an artist, but only a few, and that not everyone is capable of comprehending or appreciating a work of art, is not a valid argument against the importance of art in people’s lives.” – Buehler, Barrow, and Mountford

“The great innovation for collectors has to be the installment plan.” – Michael Mendelsohn

“I may have some pieces that are considered important, but most of the objects are things that evoke a feeling of visual pleasure. I think that part of the pleasure of collecting is to go out and find that great object and then introduce it into your environment.” – James Marinaccio

“You’re a collector when you stop decorating – when you buy something, don’t have a blank spot on the wall for it and have to take something down to put it up.” – Steve Oliver

“It’s when you need storage space.” – Nancy Oliver

“Objects are what matter. Only they carry the evidence that throughout the centuries something really happened among human beings.” – Claude Levì-Strauss

“The more the art dominated my life and my house, the more the house became a home.” – Burt Reynolds

“Have perseverance, remember that learning costs and that choice and knowledge evolve together.” – Jean Willy Mestach

“To repeat, the way you get to the huge, impossible yes is, you start collecting a lot of easy, small yeses.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“Assemble rather than collect. This means thinking of the collection as a whole, as a work of art in itself…” – Jean Willy Mestach

“Tell me what you collect, tell me how you collect, and I will tell you who you are.” – Jean Willy Mestach

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“It’s not that collecting is nobler than the other pursuits of man, it’s just a lot more fun.” – Norman McClean

“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart….pursue those.” – Unknown

“This was modern art, all right, and it wasn’t so bad. It made me smile. I decided that maybe if people didn’t try so hard to understand it, they would get along with it better.” – Michael Kernan

“Your motivation…must always be to please yourself. Follow your intuition and buy what sings to you. The objects you acquire should give you pleasure and fellowship.” – Richard Faletti

“Collectors of art, especially of tribal art, may well regard themselves as temporary custodians of the objects in their care, which were made in other times and places to change other people’s lives and have since become part of our lives. In time, they will become part of someone else’s.” 

“I only buy paintings that keep me awake at night.” – Donald Hess

“Collecting is an illness, and probably an incurable one.” – Donald Hess

“Collecting is a form of madness. It’s not a bad obsession. It’s not a drug addiction. It’s a good addiction. It keeps you out of trouble.” – Jo Garfield

“[Art collecting is] A passion pursued with discipline and Science is a discipline pursued with a passion.” – Arthur Sackler

“Collecting is an infection which is more intractable than any virus and from which there is no inoculation and no immunity.” – Arthur Sackler

“Collecting is like eating peanuts, you just can’t stop.” – Unknown

quotes on traditional art

“Nobody needs a painting the way you need clothing, shelter, food. What happens when you pass a gallery is that you see a picture and you suddenly want it. Buying art comes from the ‘hello’ experience – the picture speaks to you.” – Andre Emmerich

“The idea of my collection is that it traps your senses.” – Juan Vergez

“The cornerstone of great art for me is a work that makes one person exclaim, ‘That’s fabulous!’ and another asked, ‘How can you have that hanging in your house?” – Gordon Sondland

“Collecting art is a lot like wine connoisseurship: When you drink wine, you begin with sweet white wines. As your palate matures, you graduate to the dry, dark reds.” – Katy Durant

“A collector, first of all, has to be a collector with a capital C. The collector with a capital C is a very rare and special species. They’re people who have a quasi-religious enthusiasm for art. They look at art and think about art and devote all their waking lives to the pursuit of art.” – Leo Castelli

“Eventually, a collection ceases to be a personal indulgence and assumes its own identity. In fact, it becomes a thing in its own right – rather like Frankenstein’s monster.” – Howard Hodgkin

“I collect these objects to learn from them. In some moment these things are going to teach me something. For me, this is like a library. These are my books.” – Jose Bedia

“Art that makes you agitated usually has something going for it, and you can’t really trust your first reaction.” – Dan Cameron

“If people gave art just the same amount of courtesy and respect and time that they gave new people they meet, I suspect things would be a lot better.” – Marcia Tucker

“We collectors know that art communicates with us on different levels. Language and culture are no barriers.” – Barbara Tapp

“Any great work of art revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world.” – Leonard Bernstein

quotes about art and time

“The thing I love about primitive art is that it’s pure truth because it has no names involved. You’re buying what the artist had to say, not his name.” – Billy Pearson

“Art is at least in part a way of collecting information about the universe.” – Rebecca West

“I collect human relationships very much the way others collect fine art.” – Jerzy Kosinsky

“I treat clothing or a piece of jewelry like it was a piece of art, even though people who collect clothes get a bad rap because they’re told it’s all vanity.” – Daphne Guinness

“I didn’t start to collect records and listen to guitar players properly until I went to art school when I’d already been playing for five years. So my style was already formed, and that’s why I think it’s so unique.” – Pete Townshend

“What distinguishes the true collector from the mere amateur is his favoring the constitution of a whole which he calls a collection.” – Robert Neuberger

“Great artists are like loaded guns. They are dangerous in anybody’s hands.” – Peter Brant

“A collection to which nothing can be added and from which nothing can be removed is, in fact, dead!” – Sigmund Freud

“There is something hallucinating in Oceanic art. It fascinates me, I think, although I also like the depths of Africa and the powerful objects that come from there. It’s the vocabulary of Oceanic art that for me is truly compelling.” – Berend Hoekstra

“It is a simple fact that I need these objects. Looking at them in books or museums is not the same. I need to surround myself with the real material…” – Berend Hoekstra

“I can’t imagine what it would be like without having art as a part of our lives. I can’t imagine going home to bare walls.” – Ron Pizzuti

quotes about the purpose of art

“Collectors become obsessive and then addicted. You become addicted to art and you can’t live without it.” – Eli Broad

“The right painting focused my eye and mind and filled my soul with the peace that comes from understanding. The acquisition of works was born out of an addiction to that feeling; the need to possess and have continuous access to the source of that sensation.” – Rich Segal

“A good collector doesn’t know how his collection will develop…A collection developed on the basis of passion may not be as troublesome as a growing child, but it certainly does rise up in revolt and occasionally imposes its will, its own system, so to speak, on you.” – Marc Leo Felix 

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Quotes About The Importance Of Collecting Arts

“…A Picasso is a Picasso; I don’t mean to be rude. But if there’s weird stuff you know nothing about, you get fascinated.” – Ayers Tarantino

“The collector is an artist in his own way, by the way, he puts things together. You can read a person’s soul from their collection.” – Ayers Tarantino

“Collecting at its best is very far from mere acquisitiveness; it may become one of the most humanistic occupations, seeking to illustrate by the assembling of significant reliques, the march of the human spirit in its quest for beauty.” – Arthur Davison Ficke

“The collector of today is looking for a figure of great aesthetic quality, rather than just what he can afford. The material you are working with has to move you–art has to be a physical, mental, and visual experience. A collector should not be concerned with whether the economy is high or low. He has developed beyond the economic strata of the moment.” – Allan Chait

“I primarily buy art to show it off.” – Charles Saatchi

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“A collection is not a mere ‘pile’ of non-differentiated items. Even if it seems chaotic there is always a logic behind the dynamic arrangement of the items and their circulation.” – Robert Neuberger

“I started collecting art (…) simply because I wanted pictures to hang on the wall. I noticed what a difference a picture could make to the ambiance of a room, and indeed how shifting workaround could change a room’s whole feeling.” – Michael Audain

“If buying art is to matter to us deeply, then it has to engage with our emotions and bring something to what one might as well, and with no supernatural associations whatsoever, call our souls.” – Alain de Botton

“I’ve enjoyed collecting. I’ve enjoyed art ever since – I’ll tell you when – I went to Columbia. I went to the Met, and I saw Poussin’s ‘Rape of the Sabine Women’, and it’s this incredible, epic, great, great painting.” – Daniel S Loeb

“I’ve been collecting art for much of my adult life. I started around 1960. And my wife and I really enjoy art a great deal. We don’t have a lot of money, so we have works on paper, but we enjoy them a great deal.” – Eric Kandel

“I am only limited by the amount of life I have left to capture the ideas I am already working on. Another problem is that I am not sure if I would rather create or collect art. Collecting art is another passion of mine.” – Richard Mcdonald

“I started looking at fashion magazines, specifically ‘British Vogue.’ I was reading a lot about Cecil Beaton. Then I thought maybe I should start collecting.” – Hamish Bowles

“Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.” – Frank Zappa

best art collecting quotes of all time

“Once we start collecting, the more you have, the more it gets valuable and that will stop us from responding to the present and taking on new ideas of what the artists are doing now.” – David Elliott

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