Art Collector (magazine)

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Art Collector
Editor-in-ChiefSusan Borham
CategoriesVisual Arts of Australia, Indigenous art
PublisherMagnesium Media
First issueJul-Sep 1997
Based inSydney

Art Collector (formerly Australian Art Collector) is a quarterly art magazine. It primarily covers Australian contemporary and Indigenous art and also features New Zealand and international artists.


The magazine is best known for its annual feature 50 of Australia's Most Collectable Artists, which is referenced by other sources and collectors.[1][2] For a decade the list was compiled by a panel of industry experts, but since 2009 the list has been voted on by magazine subscribers.[3]

Art collectors featured in the magazine have included Simon Mordant, Corbett & Yueji Lyon (Lyon Housemuseum), John Kaldor and Colin & Elizabeth Laverty.


Art Collector was launched in 1997 in Sydney, Australia. Shortly after its foundation the magazine was briefly in the news when text from one of its articles was used without acknowledgement by art critic Robert Hughes, when writing for Time magazine.[4]

In 2009, Art Collector published its first Guide to Indigenous Art Centres. In the same year it also published the Guide to Public & Regional Galleries and the Collector's Guidebook, a directory of services for art collectors.

In 2012, Art Collector published the third edition of the Guide to Indigenous Art Centres, which featured stories on ethically sourcing Indigenous art and how to be certain of provenance. The fourth edition of the guide would be released in late 2013.


  1. ^ Cockington, James (25 October 2006). "Light on life". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  2. ^ Crawford, Ashley (14 December 2003). "Melbourne artists: the work to collect". The Age. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  3. ^ Issue 47, Jan-Mar 2009, Art Collector magazine
  4. ^ Mark Jurkowitz (6 November 1998). "Critic Hughes admits taking writer's words". Boston Globe. Retrieved 21 September 2010.

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