Whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, there is something of interest on this list that will offer revelation into the inner workings of the art world, helping to keep the acquisition process about excitement, rather than the stress of negotiation.
Recently, critically-acclaimed alt rock band They Might Be Giants graced Iowa City's Englert Theater with their clever lyrics, energetic melodies and bizarre showmanship as part of a tour to promote their new album Nanobots.
The problem, as I see it, is that those extremely successful and extremely busy people simply cannot afford the luxury of spending time to educate themselves about art world beyond the headlines of the last few years.
When I arrived at Flea's Los Feliz house a few hours before his 50th birthday party and The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Fundraiser began, I had a feeling I'd remember everything I love about the sometimes seemingly morally decrepit city of LA.
The wow kicks in early at these exceptional shows at museums uptown and down. First at the Whitney with Yayoi Kusama, next with Bridget Riley's Ghosts in the Machine at the New Museum, and at MoMA's Century of the Child.
The Singapore Art Museum currently presents two exhibitions that complement each other well. One shows contemporary Asian art from private collections around the world, the other has its focus on the young generation of artists living and working in Singapore.