"Never trust an Art Dealer or Gallerist who is pushy. People who love art - who understand art - know that the commitment you're entering into by purchasing a piece of Art is a serious affair. No one who understands this well will put you in a pressured situation."
- Alex Conner, Team Lead, Philly Stewards
"However you feel and however you respond to a work of art is your way. There is no 'supposed to' when it comes to looking at art."
- Jane Frank, Director of WoW-Art
“Collecting at its best is very far from mere acquisitiveness; it may become one of the most humanistic occupations, seeking to illustrate by the assembling of significant reliques, the march of the human spirit in its quest for beauty…”
- Arthur Davison Ficke, Poet & Playwright
"Art improves our quality of life. All you have to do is think about the difference between a room with bare walls and one with walls full of art."
- Alan Bamburger, Art Consultant and Advisor
"To appreciate a work of art, is it okay to like what you like, and the heck with the art critics and experts? Absolutely."
- Thomas Hoving, former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
"The last couple plays of that game were like a work of art, man!"
- Some drunk guy outside Ellsworth/Federal station on Tuesday
morning referring to the Eagle's Superbowl game.
"The consolation of art comes in many forms... For some it is making, for others it is having."
- Michael Kimmelman, American author, critic, columnist and pianist.
“Collections are like little time capsules of things that were important to someone.”
- Theaster Gates, Artist, Activist and Author
"Objects are what matter. Only they carry the evidence that throughout the centuries something really happened among human beings."
- Claude Levì-Strauss, anthropologist and ethnologist
"The cornerstone of great art for me is a work that makes one person exclaim, 'That's fabulous!' and another ask, 'How can you have that hanging in your house?'"
- Gordon Sondland
"I collect these objects to learn from them. In some moment these things are going to teach me something. For me, this is like a library. These are my books."
- José Bedia, Painter
"I only buy paintings that keep me awake at night."
- Donald Hess
"Any great work of art revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world."
- Leonard Bernstein
"I took advice from none but the best. I listened - how I listened! That's how I finally became my own expert."
- Peggy Guggenheim
"When one buys some of my artwork I hope it is because they will wish to learn from it and not because they think it will match their drapes!"
- Christian Cardell Corbet
"I would begin by collecting lithographs and etchings. It's a way of coming in and benefiting from real quality art. Even younger artists make wonderful prints. Prints can become very valuable. That's how I began collecting."
- Arne Glimcher, founder of The Pace Gallery
"You can either buy clothes or buy pictures."
- Gertrude Stein
“When you start collecting contemporary art, the first thing you must let go of is the notion of beauty, because everything that is beautiful is just the accumulated aesthetic.”
- Herman Daled, Collector of Conceptual and Contemporary 60s Art
"If a patron buys from an artist who needs money, the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates.”
- Ezra Pound
"A good art collection is emblematic of the people collecting it."
- David Furnish, Filmmaker