On Collecting Art

The desire to collect art begins with attraction. There's an urge to be near a thing of beauty, and over time, when you're with something like that, with something beautiful, a relationship begins to form, and that relationship begins to have a meaning, and it's meant to. A work of art is meant to have an effect, and it does, and the original desire changes from simply wanting to be near the beauty to wanting to possess it, wanting to be so close to it that some of the beauty rubs off.

- John Haskell from the novel Out of My Skin