Inspired by Art Chicago? Collectors can guide you
Alan G. Artner, Excerpt from Chicago Tribune, May 11, 2001

Richard and Ellen Sandor, photography plus related paintings, sculptures and lithographs

DEALERS: Buying a piece of art of any sort shouldn't be intimidating to the new collector, and they should view it like any other purchase, using the same sort of care in dealing with anybody who sells products. The most important thing for the new collector is not to feel intimidated and not to be embarrassed by asking questions that are reasonable or have reasonable commercial logic. You know: How long have you been in business? What do you specialize in? Who have been some of your satisfied customers? Do you sell to institutions? Spotting a dealer who has the trust and confidence of not only other collectors but institutions like museums is very important.

$2,000 TO SPEND: We'd buy photogravures out of [the early 20th Century periodical]; Camera Work. A lot of dealers have them. Auctions have them. Single issues or single gravures. Or from your favorite local gallery [buy] a digital print or a multimedia digital art piece. Gravures, you know, are $500. [Some] are as much as $1,000. There's a book called Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Work. We would suggest that a new collector go through it to, most importantly, see which images they like.

MOST VALUABLE IDEA: I would advise any new young collector to buy what they like. And not what somebody advises them to take. Study. Do your own research and pick the images that you like. If they turn out to be good investments, that's all to the good. Every time that we've done something that we're less than pleased with, it's because we felt we ought to have it, but over time if you buy what you like, you're never unhappy.

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Richard Sandor is an environmental economist and the father of interest-rate futures; Ellen Sandor is an artist.