I value catalogs for 3 main reasons:
First, if I absolutely love a show I will purchase the catalog as a
way to remember it more clearly and to continue being inspired by the
Second, If the show is significant I will encourage my colleagues and
students to go see it, but if they are unable to see the show in
person I will show them a copy of the catalog.
Third, I keep catalogs around to inspire friends and family to appreciate art.