Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Gallerists But Were Afraid to Ask
This is a quick and enjoyable book about Galleries opened after 1980, where Andrea Bellini questions 51 Gallerists about their likes, dislikes, struggles and successes.
The Galleries are from all over the world, from Bejing to Mexico city. Not only city galleries are represented here but Galleries that has chosen to open in small towns as well, like the Tucci Russo Studio Per L'Arte Contemporanea at the foot of the mountains in Torre Pellice (one hour away from Turin).
The questions are quite simple and the answers can be quite similar, but it is fun to hear how they opened up their Galleries and how they run it, a lot of them says by intuition!
I especially enjoyed reading that none of them regret opening their galleries, even though it can be rough at times.
With my "secret" little wish of opening my own Gallery one day I was reading the answers like a sponge.
"Contemporary art is a sort of mental gymnastic"
-Daniele Balice (Balichertling, Paris)
"The "Job" comes in many forms, many species - like flowers or insects."
-Gavin Brown (Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York)
"Sehen, verstehen, lieben (see, know, desire)"
-Helga de Alvear (Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid)
"I am very influenced by my vivid intuition in general, so it has led to many smaller and greater successes and mistakes."
-Jean-Claude Freymond-Guth (Freymond-Guth & Co Fine Arts, Zurich)
"We tend to be interested in art that arrives slowly and lasts for a long time."
-Lisa Panting and Malin Ståhl (Hollybush Gardens, London)
"The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths"
-Bruce Nauman (referred to by Georg Kargl, Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna)
"As a gallerist, you are not only selling contemporary art, you are selling an opinion."
-Johann Koenig (Joann Koenig, Berlin)
"- we're talking about Art and Poetry, and it's incredibly sexy trying to base an economy on Poetry."
-Franco Noero (Galleria Franco Noero, Turin)
"Art really is for everyone"
-Nicole Timonier (Evergreene, Geneva)
With Weekend Love