Art Collections


Art collectors and museums generally categorize their collections in terms of art, abstract art, photography, or mixed media. While they may follow this simple categorization, there are many exceptions. Each of these categories has unique features and characteristics. Some art collectors own only one category, while others have a mix of the various categories. The following is a brief guide to the different categories and the people who often enjoy each one.

An abstract art collection can include works of art that have been created over several years. In a gallery or museum setting, the term means that an item is not owned by the museum, however, it is still on loan to a third party or individual, either as a gift or for the future. A large collection can include thousands of pieces, so the price range is significant. Large art collections may also be housed in institutions such as museums, galleries, or private collections, depending on the size. Most large abstract art collections have been developed through a collection process that includes multiple artists, multiple periods, and multiple media types. These collections can span hundreds to even thousands of pieces.

Photographic art collections are the most common types of art collected by art collectors. It can include works of art, photographs, and even films. Collectors commonly display these large and expensive collections in museum and gallery settings. Although photographic artworks are typically created from still photographs, digital photography technology has made this type of art collection much more accessible to more collectors than ever before. For many, this type of art collection represents the culmination of years of research, a lifetime’s worth of artistic passion, and endless hours spent with a camera.