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The promises and pitfalls of Atlanta’s art-collecting ethos 

More Mergers and Acquisitions is as much about who owns the objects as it is about what they are

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Contemporary photography collectors also constitute a subculture particularly devoted to local artists. According to Kirsten Tagami, whose popular, long-running AJC series My Favorite Piece profiled Atlanta's top collectors, almost all serious photography collectors own an Angela West, for example.

But a general culture of collecting has yet to be firmly established in the city. "I think Atlantans buy art," says Romo. "They buy art from galleries, they buy from auctions, they buy from the artists. ... But a culture means a common bond. Yes, people do buy art. It is collecting. But is it a culture? Hmm ... that's a bit of a stretch."

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