“A good gallerist is one who takes a risk for an artist because it shows that he trusts the artist’s work.” 

Art gallery management  

 

The encounter between artist and gallerist usually occurs in formal and informal settings. A mutual attraction emerges between them, based on the gallerist’s profile and the type of artistic production they promote and market. It should be clear that the gallerist’s profession serves as an essential bridge between artists, collectors, and the public while also possessing a keen understanding of the artistic tastes of their time, a creative time that, in the 21st century, manifests itself amidst a remarkable eclecticism in which “(…) artists dedicated to a single expressive vein are increasingly rare, making a disparate set of disciplines essential to approach them¹. The contemporary artist is increasingly multifaceted, embodying the multiplicity of artistic trends through techniques, materials, and signifiers that reflect our globalized reality

Zhongguo 2185

2017 

Curated by Victor Wang 

Sadie Coles HQ 

London 

https://www.sadiecoles.com/exhibitions/201/installation_shots/ 

Artists need support and exposure for their work. This is achieved through the bridge established by the gallerist, who is the artist’s main ally in building their career, since gallerists provide the artist with the physical space, the encounters with the public, collectors, and critics. The gallerist and the art gallery are the first mediators between the artist and society, between the work and the market, between the diffusion and the museum institutionality to which the gallery will always aim for the transcendence of the artists it congregates.

               

 

Frank Stella: Recent Sculpture 

March 8–May 24, 2024 

Jeffrey Deitch Gallery 

New York 

https://deitch.com/new-york/exhibitions/frank-stella-recent-sculpture 

The necessary encounter between the artist and the gallery owner is based on the pair’s respect and common knowledge in their professionalism, in the agreement of pursuing the growth of the artist’s career, in the commercialization of the works, and in the fair recognition of their importance. For this, the gallerist’s operations extend beyond the visible, often involving risks in the primary art market when championing emerging artists. 

             

Barrão 

Josh Callaghan 

FALA COISA 

2022 

Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel Gallery 

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro 

https://fdag.com.br/en/exhibitions/fala-coisa/ 

The artist and the gallerist, upon meeting, must understand their mutual passion for art, for its quality, for its aesthetic and communicative power. The relationship between the two must be harmonious since the gallerist will be the artist’s greatest advocate in today’s complicated art world.

¹ Carolina Díaz Amunárriz: La gestión de galerías de arte, Madrid, Agencia Española de Cooperación, 2010, p. 16

 

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