To start collecting, you need to see as much art as you can. Here’s a roundup of the main places to start in the captial, London, with some tips on ones to try this month.
Get your art diary out and start making plans; good collectors know what’s going on each month.
Art fairs are great introductions to the commercial art world (see previous post). Most exhibitors will have price lists and you can get a good sense of what’s what.
Try: Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane Yard, London
When: Sunday 14 June
The artists themselves – including Gavin Turk, Tracey Emin, Pam Hogg, Bob and Roberta Smith and Polly Morgan will be there in person – offering one-off creations from the boots of classic and vintage cars.
London is one of the art world’s centres with commercial galleries in little hubs all over the city. There are great galleries in Shoreditch, Hackney, Hoxton, Bond Street and Brick Lane. Time Out has the best listings.
Try: White Cube, Bermondsey, London – the biggest of the venerable White Cube galleries, currently showing works by Chicago-based installation artist Theaster Gates.
When: until 5 July
Try: Gagosian, Britannia Street, London. The UK branch of this leading US art dealership is currently showing mixed works that use commercial spray paint
When: 11 June – 1 August
Exciting and free to attend, all the big houses stage summer sales of post-war and contemporary art. The works go on view a few weeks before each sale; wander around and see some wonderful pieces, then track their sale prices on the internet.
Try: Sotheby’s London, Bond Street
When: 2 July, 10am (works on show from 27 June).
Post-War and Contemporary pieces from artists such as Yves Klein, Gunther Uecker, Sigmar Polke and Tom Wesselmann, Hurvin Anderson and Beatriz Milhazes.
All the main art schools stage degree shows in summer. Follow in the footsteps of famous collector Charles Saatchi and source your works straight from new artists.
Try: Goldsmith’s College, New Cross, London
When: Undergraduate Degree Show, 19-22 June
Postgraduate Degree show, 17 July-20 July