This collection of 4x5 Polaroids are images taken for the exhibition Sitting on the Edge: Modernist Design from the Collection of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, November 20, 1998 to February 23, 1999.
Michael and Gabrielle Boyd's home in San Francisco. Image: Richard Powers
Advice for Aspiring Collectors
from Michael and Gabrielle Boyd
Educate yourself on the subject.
Get it in writing.
Trust your instincts and collect what you love. Let your passion be your guide.
Keep your eyes open all the time. You never know what you're looking for until you see it.
Don't be intimidated by a limited budget. Your dollar goes a lot further when you buy things secondhand.
Talk to artists or gallery owners about payment plans and possible barter deals.
Don't be afraid of a little dirt. With a little elbow grease, a piece can sometimes metamorphose into a museum-quality work.