Art Gallery Quotes

A list of quotes from gallery owners & museum curators

Art Gallery quotes: An art curator is someone who selects, interprets and manages a work of art or a collection. They work for public institutions (museums, department of culture) or private companies (art galleries, private collectors), and they are usually highly specialized in a genre, style or period. Because of their expertise and responsibilities, curators have the reputation of being the ‘gatekeeper’ of the art world, as well as the ‘tastemaker’ of generations of collectors.

Art gallery quotes

Kate Werble

Kate Werble Gallery
“I think initially what I looked for in artists was this juncture between work that had a very physical presence and also had a lot of thought behind it, or it had a very heavy conceptual presence, but neither one was more important than the other. (…) I’ve worked with artists who are really into the media that they work within and that successfully translate their ideas to an audience, whatever they might be.”
• Interview on Artnet

Thaddeus Roppac

“When a market runs hot, it also pushes up moderate and poor quality. And the market is running hot at the moment. But it’s also abstract and absurd to see a painting by Gerhard Richter fetching so many millions. But this level of things is banal. Money is banal. The museums are unimpressed, and sometimes they’re downright disgusted by what happens on the market.”
• Interview @spiegelonline
• Photo Peter Rigaud

Simon Lee

Simon Lee Gallery
“My artists still consider art fairs as a necessary evil, but it is by far from a satisfactory means of presenting work and interacting with a public. And one doesn’t want to lose sight of the fact that it’s not just about sales for the artists; it’s about communication and platforms for disseminating ideas. Certainly, the world is a smaller place, and information travels much quicker because of email and telephone and electronic media, but there is still no substitute for direct engagement with a work of art.”
• Interview Randian Magazine
• Photo Ocula art

Scott Ogden

Shrine NYC
“Art is a relatively safe bet: you get to look at something wonderful, that you like; but it’s also a commodity. Having a gallery has reminded me that art is a commodity. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just what it is.”
• Interview and photo @artzealous Peter Dreux / Alice Oh.”

Added note by Scott Ogden

“The aspect of “commodity” is the least interesting part of collecting in my eyes. It’s part of art and acquiring works, but if something does not move you visually and in the gut, it’s not something worth considering… at least for me”


Nanzuka underground
“It seems there is a large gap existing between the audience and art professionals. It makes me wonder “who is defining art?”.”
• Interview @azitoart

Marian Goodman

Marian Goodman Gallery
“It’s a mixed bag but I think women
are maybe more attuned to the qualities
that a gallerist needs in a relationship with her client.”
• Photographer Richard Saker
• Interview The Guardian

Jose Freire

“You cannot take an Amazon approach to contemporary art, because it doesn’t protect the artist or the value—and you need to protect the artist, and a dealer needs to protect the value of the art they’re selling to their collectors”
• Art Sam McKinniss
• Interview Artnet
• Photo Andrew Goldstein

Dina Mitrani

Dina Mitrani gallery
“The artist’s intention must come through the work. For me, art must have some element of the emotional; it should be moving.”
• Interview @lensculture
• Photo @sominkangphoto

Christine Pfister

Pentimenti gallery
“The issue that there is, there was and there will be is that you need somebody to credit your work to bring value to it. The galleries and museums are playing that role. You need to have somebody who says, trust me, it’s creative work and it’s good quality work so that people feel that they can invest their money- from 50 dollars to millions of dollars, it doesn’t matter.

Gallery curating

You need somebody who is going to tell you that yes, you should consider that, and that’s what we do as galleries. We actually credit the work of the artists. It is possible to work without a gallery, but it’s much slower and difficult, you need to be in a certain circle. I don’t see that role of the galleries changing.”
• Art @joanbelmar
• Photo @bmoreart
• Interview @gogonzogogo

Adrian Ghenie

“We were so used with the idea of being a loser, that we just did it without really an ambition. When we realized, okay, that might be something.
If you feel that you are totally disconnected, that the world is far, that you have no chance and so on and so, organize something. Organize a church, a party, a gallery. Put people together in a group with a name or something, and then try to build a program and send messages. And sooner or later, somebody will receive them and will be curious to visit you, and then you have a connection. And you have to explore that connection, and then in few years, if you do something interesting – then you have a Root.”
• Interview @sfmoma
• Photo “Adrian Ghenie facing Michael Jackson” Original photo by Sebastian Kim

Sadie Coles

“In order to retain your artists you need to continue to represent them in a really good way and make sales for them so it is a very competitive business.”

“I rely on the strength of my relationship with the artists and hopefully I am providing a useful function in their life you know that they like a dialogue with me and I’m selling to good places I try to place the work really well so it doesn’t come back at auction
-Sadie Coles – owner and director of Sadie Coles HQ
-Source : Artload on YouTube

Wilfried Lentz

“Gallerists who have decided to do more than 6 fairs a year have to present art that is more easily sellable just in order to cover the costs”

Last updated: October 21, 2019 at 18:00 pm

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Timo Niemeyer

“I often paint portraits of women from the past, women that tried to break the rules. We still need to break the rules, we still don’t have a real gender equality, this is my message, not always very obvious, but often added to my work.”
• Artwork Kurt Teuscher
• Photo Juliane Spaete

Jonathan LeVine

“The gallery may become more of a creative agency involved in multiple types of projects as well as focusing on artist management and sales. We are all still figuring it out as social media and the world rapidly changes.”
• Interview My Modern Met
• Photo Joe Russo and Maud Frisenfeldt

Art curator quotes

Marc Spiegler

“Art is not pop culture, and just because there are three times as much demand does not mean there are three times as much good art. You can distribute a sound file infinitely, or a Netflix film infinitely, but art is different. And we should always be conscious of that.”
• Interview Artnet
• Photo Artbasel

 Justine Ludwig

“When you are a woman or a person of color and you go to an art museum
and you don’t see work by artists who represent you,
it becomes clear that you are not afforded the same opportunities.”
• interview Spike art magazine / Kevin Ruben Jacobs
• photo Nik Kuman

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