Art Market Information: Researching the Art Market
While you have some time off over the Christmas period you might like to spend some time doing some research on art and art investment. There are plenty of sites on the net that can provide you with information on artists such as http://www.artnet.com, http://www.artinfo.com, http://www.artprice.com, http://www.findartinfo.com, http://www.flashartonline.com, and many others. You might also want to subscribe to an art magazine such as ARTnews magazine http://www.artnewsonline.com, Flash Art Magazine http://www.flashartonline.com or Art and Auction magazine http://www.artandauction.com. There may be other magazines more specific to the country you live in so a quick search online for art magazine should provide you with other options.
On a lighter note the website http://www.winunited.com recently allowed people to bet on how much they thought artworks would sell for at auction. Not exactly the safest investment but a fun and interesting idea none the less.
There are also several great books that may give you some further knowledge and insight such as “Collecting Contemporary” by Adam Lindemann. Interviews with gallerists, art consultants, auctioneers and curators. Published by Taschen, Cologne 2006.
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.