An option for a good broad jumping-off point is to research a particular artist you are fond of, as you know that you already commune with their aesthetic. Many artists like Rauschenberg, Hockney, Keith Haring or Lichtenstein have prolific bodies of work, offering many shades of expression in pieces that are perhaps lesser-known, though no less significant. There is nothing more exciting than coming across an artwork by one of your favorites that is new to you, giving you a chance to breathe in fresh inspiration from someone you already love, and also an opportunity to carve your space in a unique way, a bit off the beaten path. This exemplary work from Helen Frankenthaler is part of an edition of 150 impressions, signed and numbered in pencil and published by The Paris Review, New York, 1965.
Certainly by proceeding with an ear for your true passions, before long you’ll see you can call yourself a collector.