The Art of Collecting

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


As we open our newest exhibition on the Museum’s permanent collection- Looking Forward: New Works and New Directions for the Permanent Collection, I cannot help but think about the Art of Collecting. We all collect things in our own way- whether it is photographs of loved ones, coffee cups, stamps, shoes, furniture, etc. I collected erasers when I was a child and then postcards when a teenager. Today, I collect recipes, jam bands, indie movies, and Buffy comics.

Tell us about what you collect by commenting below….

I am struck by all of the great programs that the Museum has to offer in an effort to share its expertise about art collecting with the public. The Museum’s permanent collection is its greatest asset. It gives the Museum boundaries; it guides its focus in not only acquiring works of art so that it can be a responsible art steward to the community, but also to provide guidance in its educational, programming, research, development, etc. endeavors (pretty much everything). In this way, the Museum can become (and is) a very important, interesting, and enlightening resource for all of us to use.

Explore all that the Museum has to give in order to educate you about its collection and collecting in general! Now is a great time to do so.

1. Two great exhibitions that traverse the Museum’s Permanent Collection and make it digestible for you!
Looking Back: Celebrating 60 Years of Collecting at the Asheville Art Museum
Looking Forward: New Works and New Directions for the Permanent Collection

2. Learn about these exhibitions with personal tours with our Curatorial or Education Staff!
Art Break, Looking Forward: New Works and New Directions for the Permanent Collection- 12-1pm- September 25th
Art Break, Looking Forward and Looking Back — Together- 12-1pm- November 6th

3. Join our NEW monthly book discussions as we read and discuss books that relate to artwork in our galleries. Fall is all about collecting!
I Bought Andy Warhol, Richard Polsky– October 13th
Bluebeard: A Novel, Kurt Vonnegut November 10th
Collections of Nothing, William Davies King- December 8th

4. Watch a film!
Who the #$%! is Jackson Pollock? 2pm September 26 &27 Herb and Dorothy-7pm October 29- Fine Arts Theatre, Downtown Asheville
The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art- February 2010

5. Join one of the Collectors Groups
The Collectors Circle
Art NouVeaux

Image- Art NouVeaux at Tim Barnwell’s studio- look at the rest on myspace http://www.myspace.com/ashevilleartmuseum

WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? COMMENT BELOW.