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ESSAYS

How People Collect

By Uli Sigg

My Typology of Collecting Styles

During my many encounters with Asia’s rapidly expanding art communities, one question recurs in almost every conversation: how can a newcomer collect intelligently when faced with seemingly infinite art production, scattered all across the globe?

The softer the science—and this is a science—the more advisable it is to begin exploring it with an enlightening quote from an authority in the field. According to Marcel Duchamp, “The true collector is an artist, squared. He chooses paintings and hangs them on the wall…

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