But then for the galleries, I think the challenge is that they have an obligation to the artist to understand what’s the home that the artist is entering and does that collector have good intentions or not. There needs to be some way that the galleries can get to know the collector beforehand. And I think that could happen online in the future.
I’ve noticed now that I’m posting more of my art on Instagram, galleries that I didn’t have a relationship with before are seeing it, so when I start talking to them I can avoid some of the usual conversation that happens around what I’m collecting.
Artsy: Are you using Artsy?
P.S.: I’ve found that for galleries that I don’t have a relationship with, Artsy is a good entry point because they see my Artsy profile, the artists I’m following, the section that allows you to describe your collection and your involvement with museums, etc. That is much better than just a cold email saying “Hi, I’m Pete….” I also use Artsy to see shows before I’ve seen them physically. I try to keep up with what’s happening with different galleries, but I’ve found that it’s impossible to always know, and so I’ll find out that there are artists I’m interested in and might not be having a show at the moment, but I see them on Artsy and that spurs me to get in touch.
Artsy: Have you bought works without seeing them in person?
P.S.: I have done it. And I’ve done it for artists where I’ve seen their work in person before and some where I haven’t. I will occasionally do it if I feel like I don’t have the option to see the work physically. I think honestly, being able to do things electronically now is sort of essential, at least in the area I’m collecting in. If you insist on seeing everything in person before you make a decision, you’re going to be too late. But that’s partly why I make a point to go and see gallery shows, so that when the time does come and chances are I’m not able to see the work, I already know it.
Artsy: Who are some of the artists you’re excited about now who you have in your collection?