Confessions Of A Gallery Girl Pt. 2: The Evil Collector

What is the downside of selling artwork: A fist fight in an art fair? Going to bed with a married millionaire? This gallery girl has some confessions to make.

Every gallery I’ve ever worked for has always been careful with whom they make business with. Whenever some anonymous or obscure rich person e-mails us regarding the fresh young talent we’ve picked up, we always ask them for references: a letter from another gallerist whom the collector purchased work from or from artist who may be lucky enough to be hanging within his or her mansion. What we ideally want to hear is that they are a pleasure to work with, that they have a great personal interest in the artwork in question, and that they aren’t frivolously purchasing art to put it in storage only to sell it later like stock.


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