The art market is vibrant, complex and somewhat difficult to navigate. Who sells art? How is the art economy organised? For anyone interested in buying art, it’s good practice to understand who the key players are. Obviously, there would be no art market without collectors. The art economy depends on perceptive collectors who identify and collect the finest pieces produced by artists. These people prefer to keep acquired artworks in their collections, rather than flipping them for profit. They enjoy sharing their passion and like to show off their collection to like-minded art lovers. They are also not averse to loan their prized pieces for exhibitions to contribute to the aesthetic quality of art shows. The terms gallerist and art dealer are often interchangeable. The success of galleries is directly linked to the quality of the artists in their stable and the exhibitions they put on. Art knowledgeable and passionate gallerists play a key role in showing new original and sometimes ...

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