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"The Independent Artist"
Issue IV, October 2008

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Collector's Forum

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who is independent-thinking and acts on interests while pursuing an independent education and unique experiences. This means that naturally, a certain type of person is circulating around the art world. Collectors and artists need to take heed, however, of the current art climateit is artificially bullish, and while no immediate end may be in sight, there will eventually be one. The barely-known piece hammered down for an outrageous sum in the heat of an auction may be out of perspective in a few years when the market changes and more logic once again seeps into the sale of art.

MICHAEL: You mentioned earlier that you liked to draw as a child. Do you apply creativity or artistry in your work as a dealer/administrator? What do you envision for yourself in the future?

ANN: I believe that my strong suit as a dealer is sniffing out the up-and-coming artists and finding the perfect fit between collector/business and artwork. My mind is artistic in the way that I am able to envision artwork on blank walls and can see ways to improve upon existing artwork. I often visit artists studios where they will ask me for advice on their artwork or to critique their pieces. I am able to see the spaces on the canvas that need adjustment and can advise artists on ways to make the most of of their nique style. In the coming years, I want to continue to educate people on collecting and art appreciation in the effort to increase the general base of potential and future collectors. What I hope for are increased opportunities to do thisI would love to work with radio and television in this capacity. It would be wonderful if there were a Rachel Ray of the art world . . . hey, if cooking and general household organizing can be exciting for people to watch, art is the next frontier!

MICHAEL: Thanks, Ann. Perhaps we can co-host such a show. It would be a blast!

Michael Corbin

Michael Corbin is an avid art collector and author of the newly published Art Collecting for the Average Joe and Art in King Size Beds: A Collectors Journal. Both books are available at:
AuthorHouse.com
Youll find Michaels blog at:
ArtMaestroGallery.com

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