The Art of Collecting | October 2000 Introduction

Rainy Days by Scott Christensen. painting, southwest art
Rainy Days by Scott Christensen

By Margaret L. Brown

Collecting art is one of the greatest adventures you can have. If you’re a collector, you know exactly what I mean: the satisfaction of falling in love with a piece of art, bringing it into your home, then living with it and appreciating it in new ways every day.

In this special Collector’s Issue we take you on a tour of three Texas collections built by people enamored with the adventure of collecting. We travel to a historic ranch near the tiny town of Post in West Texas, where owners Bob and Debbie Macy have amassed an impressive collection of traditional western paintings and sculpture, including works by 21 members of the Cowboy Artists of America. Then we head to the city of San Antonio, where a collector’s European-style town home is filled from floor to ceiling with an eclectic mix of artworks by American, Mexican, Native American, African, European, and Chinese artists. We also visit the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, which houses a significant collection of 20th-century American art donated by the late novelist James Michener and his wife, Mari.

If you’ve yet to purchase your first piece of art, we hope this issue will inspire you to begin collecting. To further entice you, we’ve included our annual “Art Under $1,000” article, which showcases affordable original fine art and provides buying tips for new collectors.

Finally, we profile two artists who have been attracting scores of collectors in recent years, painters Scott Christensen and Joseph Lorusso. And we preview the Cowboy Artists of America’s 35th annual sale held this month in Scottsdale a highlight of the year for collectors of traditional western art, who last year spent more than $2 million on opening night. Enjoy the issue.

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