Art Collections and Wall Art

By Fabian Toulouse

A popular hobby is art collection, except for curators, who usually take it more serious. Art collection is then their field of expertise. Curators manage museums, libraries, archives, and galleries. Their responsibility is to take care of the collections in their particular institution, and maintaining the catalogs on the collections with the assistance of the specialist of publications. Curators always work with objects that are tangible such as fine art collections for public and private showings. The curators are interested in collecting all types of artwork, from modern works of less known artists to the historical and traditional works of art. Curators many times specialize in a particular area although there are ones that due cover a variety of art too. Many times they work for a museum that is focused on a specific area. This may control what work the curator has to do.

In smaller institutions and galleries, the curator might have the only responsibility for acquiring and caring for art objects. He or she makes decisions about which ones to collect, oversees their documentation and the care of the art, and conducts research based on objects in the collection. If the art needs to be transported, the curator provides proper packaging. In addition, curators share any research they have done with the scholarly community and the general public. This can take the form of publication in journals and other publications or of exhibitions.

Sometimes the curator is the paid staff member if it is a small museum or gallery. When it comes to a larger institution, he or she is usually a specialist on one subject. Curators are expected to conduct original research on their own and help steer the institution's activities with their art collections. Many large institutions employ a head curator who in turn oversees other curators who specialize in one subject. In places like these, other workers may perform the care that the art is given, and the details dealing with administration may be handled by someone else too.

Advanced education is needed to be a curator; many have a high level of academic degree in a subject pertaining in one way or another to the field of art. There are some curators that even have achieved doctorates. Besides having this advanced degree, they need to make a contribution back to their academic area of expertise through either presentations or articles. Another prerequisite is practical knowledge. Curators have to stay on top of what is the new trends in the art collecting world and the present climate too, they also need to know all laws and ethical situations that may affect the art collection that they have charge of.

Wall art that is 2 dimensional, such as paintings or drawings, is the art most commonly collected by curators. But sculpture type art is also common. Some other types of art that the curator may collect includes such categories as 3 dimensional wall art, prints, and performances that have been recorded. The whole collection is not always shown at the same time. Usually a part of the collection is shown while the rest is kept in an area for storage. Most art showings are based on a theme with all the pieces relating to that theme.

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