Shaping an Art Collection: Collecting Within a Topic

with an emphasis on American Representational Art


Both individuals and museums may elect to collect within a single topic or a limited range of topics. Others may prefer a more eclectic approach. TFAO offers in-depth information on many topics in American Representational Art, including resources for further inquiries, all useful to collectors.

Essays and articles in books and magazines provide vital information. A TFAO keyword search will access thousands of articles and essays published online in TFAO's Resource Library, plus much more. You are able to locate information on further texts not published in Resource Library by visiting TFAO's list of authors, A wealth of knowledge is available through TFAO's catalogues, directing viewers to museum exhibit information, artist biographies, online audio and video, DVD and VHS videos, paper-printed books and other materials.

Collectors often derive satisfaction in acquiring artworks that remind them of their travels. Some focus on genre, architectural and landscape themes that relate to the geographic area where they live.

Sources commonly focus on art related to life and the physical environment nearby the source. The art is often produced by nearby artists. The Resource Library list of Sources of Articles and Essays Indexed by State within the United States and TFAO's Individual States Art History Project help collectors find institutional sources for background education in a geographic area. Regional art museums often focus on art related to life and the physical environment near them.


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