With this issue, Texte zur Kunst takes a closer look at one of the most contested groups of art world protagonists—”The Gallerists”—continuing a series in which we have examined, previously, “The Curators,” “The Collectors,” and the “Artists’ Artists.” As gatekeeper to artistic production on the one hand and market valuation on the other, the art seller, since the inception of the “dealer-critic” / “dealer-collector” systems, has occupied a decidedly privileged position. But in recent years, the demands of this profession have changed dramatically—now requiring 24/7 communication, perpetual travel, and a constant presence at fairs. In these pages, we ask if in recalibrating to accommodate these pressures, the gallerist has, in a sense, become something other than what we once took him or her to be?
What, today, can we make of the “good” gallerist carefully establishing a stable of artists, “placing” their work over time in particular institutional and private collections? And how does this position correspond with those of the many new (or at least newly prominent) mediators further altering the field—the advisors and consultants, the “flippers,” and various digitally based aggregators?
Further to this, we ask if this restructuring is affecting (or indeed is an effect of) the ways in which artists now work. And if a market taking place independently of gallerists is indeed increasing, how then does this affect the established mechanisms of validation and canonization?
Also in this issue: an image spread by Dan Mitchell as well as reviews from Berlin, Bregenz, Heidelberg, London, Madrid, Mexico City, New York, Salvador, and St. Petersburg.
“Artrank and the Flippers: Apocalypse Now?”
“New York Recall”
Friedrich Petzel on his gallery / Richard Kern on Feature Inc.
“The Gallerist’s Hat”
On John Knight’s “JK, a work in situ, Art Basel” and the structural transformation of the art world
“Out of Düsseldorf”
“G-Force: Gallerists and the Expanded Market”
A roundtable conversation with Simon Denny, Nicole Hackert, Lisa Schiff, Niklas Svennung, moderated by Caroline Busta and Hanna Magauer
“Tips for a Gallerist I”
On galleries as commercial enterprises
“Tips for a Gallerist II”
The passion of the industry
On Johanna Burton and Anne Ellegood’s “Take It Or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology”
“Toward Criticism as an Anecdotal Science”
On “Pictures, Before and After: An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp” at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
“All 47 Likes Are Mine”
On Richard Prince at Gagosian Gallery, New York
On Hanne Darboven at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
“Heart and Soul”
On Colourbox at Between Bridges, Berlin
“Real Capital Seduction”
On KP Brehmer at Raven Row, London
On Valentina Liernur at Campoli Presti, London
Ana Teixeira Pinto
“Lines of Territory”
On Mariana Castillo Deball at Kurimanzutto, Mexico City
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 2014
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