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A Collector's Guide to Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Art

on October 09, 2023

Navigating the world of contemporary Abstract Expressionist art can be an exhilarating yet daunting experience for both practiced and new collectors. As this dynamic genre continues to captivate audiences with its bold forms, vibrant colors, and emotive compositions, understanding what to look for when acquiring pieces becomes essential. I've written this 5-step guide to help you make informed choices in your art acquisitions.

First, familiarize yourself with the artist's background and artistic philosophy. Understanding the creator's influences, techniques, and thematic concerns can deepen your appreciation for their work.

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Second, consider the artwork's visual impact and emotional resonance. Abstract expressionism is known for its ability to evoke powerful emotions, feelings and interpretations, so choose pieces that resonate with you on a personal level.

Third, when evaluating potential acquisitions, pay close attention to the quality of craftsmanship and materials. Look for pieces that demonstrate skillful execution and that use archival-grade materials to ensure longevity.

Fourth, consider the context in which the artwork was created. Reflect on how societal, cultural, and historical factors may have influenced the artist's vision and message.

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Fifth, trust your instincts and follow your passion. Acquiring contemporary abstract expressionist art is ultimately a deeply personal endeavor, so choose pieces that speak to your soul and bring joy to your life.

By embracing these principles, you can embark on a rewarding journey of collecting contemporary Abstract Expressionist art that enriches your space and nourishes your spirit.


Pete Stein
Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.
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