Documents on Contemporary Crafts no. 4: On Collecting

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A Norwegian Crafts production that offers critical reflections on collecting (2017)
Hanne Borchgrevink: Husdikt 5. Painting. 2010. Jan Groth: Tegn IV. Textile. 1989. From the apartment of Petter Snare and KD Christiansen..
Matias Faldbakken: Shocked into Abstraction. Wall painting. 2009. From the apartment of Petter Snare and KD Christiansen.


Documents on Contemporary Crafts no. 4: On Collecting

André Gali  

Glenn Adamson    Liesbeth den Besten     Paul Derrez     Trude Schjelderup Iversen   Gunnar B. Kvaran    Knut Ljøgodt    Nanna Melland    Yuka Oyama     Anthony Shaw    Petter Snare   I   Margaret Wasz

Art collectors and collections make up an important part of the contemporary arts and crafts infrastructure. Art collectors and museums help improve the financial situation of artists by buying their works, but just as important is the symbolic meaning of such collections. To be included in the ‘right’ collection or museum can give an artist a high level of recognition, at the same time as the purchase secures the work a place in a system that intends to preserve it for the future. To collect is a selection process which has economic, social, political and art historical implications and ramifications for the artist, the art field and the public.

In On Collecting the authors look at collecting from public, private and personal perspectives to shed light on some of the structures that are responsible for how artworks become ‘collectable’.

Franz Schmidt: Weaving Fabrics for Suit – Roald. Installation. Textile. 2015/16. In the collection of Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum.
Kristin Opem: Uten tittel (Untitled). Vase. Ceramics. 2016. In the collection of the National Museum.
Hanne Friis: Sirkel, et minne om LB. Wall piece. Textile. 2016. In the Collection of KODE – Art Museums of Bergen.

Documents on Contemporary Crafts no. 4: On Collecting is published by Norwegian Crafts and Arnoldcshe Art Publishers. Available for order here (Nordic countries only) or from Arnoldsche Art Publishers (international orders).