The empty walls of a new home can confer the same daunting and yet thrilling sense of possibility to an art collector as a blank canvas does to an artist. When the couple Adam and Iris Singer relocated from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Paradise Valley, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, in the mid-2000s, they felt equal parts inspiration and consternation about where to begin.

Over the past nearly 20 years, the Singers have moved from scouting art fairs with advisors to developing deep relationships of their own with artists. Adam, an entrepreneur, now serves on the boards of institutions including the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden.

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