After seeing just a few pieces in Madrid-based painter Jeronimo Elespe’s latest show at Eleven Rivington, it won’t come as a surprise to find out that he paints at night. Figures and interiors materialize out of the darkness; here, a staircase seems to magically end in a pool of reflected light, anchored by a sniffing dog. (On the Lower East Side through Dec 20th.)

 Jeronimo Elespe, Fine, oil on aluminum, 14.96 x 9.84 inches, 2015.

She’s looking at me looking at her.

Jeronimo Elespe “June,” 2014-2015 at Eleven Rivington.
October 29 - December 20, 2015

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Advice for Aspiring Art Dealers from Leading Gallerists Part 2

What does it take to become a successful art dealer today? It’s a question that has taken on increased importance in an art market that is changing rapidly due to the proliferation of art fairs, digital technology, rising operating costs and art speculators. Despite the shifting landscape, galleries continue to play a vital role in nurturing artists’ careers and preserving their legacies for posterity. From curating exhibitions, to publishing scholarship, to building long-term relationships with collectors, art dealers remain at the center of art history while it’s still in the making.

Since launching our blog Inside Stories last year, we’ve interviewed over 30 members for our “Gallery Chat” series, in which the ADAA’s distinguished art dealers talked about how and why they first became interested in art and what has kept them motivated through the ups and downs of their careers. One of the most thought-provoking questions we posed has been “What advice would you give an aspiring dealer today?” The answers have been as varied as our membership, which includes relatively young galleries like 11R and Susan Inglett Gallery alongside established powerhouses such as Sperone Westwater, Galerie Lelong and Barbara Krakow Gallery.

For this two-part series, we’ve rounded up their insights for the aspiring dealers who will carry the torch in years to come. Check out part 1 here

Alexander Gray, Owner and Principal of Alexander Gray Gallery

“The respect of other artists is more important than red dots.”

Andrew Arnot, Director of Tibor de Nagy Gallery

“You have to love being in this business. That’s number one.  It’s fascinating but it can be a tough business. But no other occupation lets you enjoy your job as much as this one. It’s pretty cool to be able to spend your days surrounded by art, the artists that make it, and everyone else who enjoys it just as much.”

Marianne Boesky, Founder of Marianne Boesky Gallery

“To be a gallerist rather than a dealer is a very important thing. Trust your instincts.”

Renato Danese, Founder of Danese / Corey

“Have an ethical compass. Make sure the artists are paid first. Work with them as partners and honor your commitment to them. Don’t use the term “stable.” It’s demeaning.”

Michael Solway, Director of Carl Solway Gallery

“Don’t get too ambitious about having a full-service program. Find a couple of good artists and help them grow.”

Jane Kallir, Co-Director of Galerie St. Etienne

“You’ve got to love art. That’s still got to be your base point.”

Debra Force, President of Debra Force Fine Art

“You have to learn as much as you can about the subject you’re planning to work with. That means gaining work experience first. You really have to have a basis for what you’re doing. Also, have some business background, including bookkeeping and marketing. To be a player, you’ve got to know how to present yourself and you have to know how to work with the financials.”

Richard Desroche, Co-Founder of CRG Gallery

“I would say to new dealers: stay young. Really follow your passion but be aware of current trends. When making big decisions, take your time and seek advice.”

Chris Mao, Director of Chambers Fine Art

“I encourage people to study and understand the artist before making a decision. I have a really large, extensive archive and library of contemporary Chinese art and many scholars and students come to the gallery for research. I like to educate people first.”

Achim Moeller, President and CEO of Moeller Fine Art

“Become a specialist in a given field or artist. There is much pleasure in doing what I have been doing, but it would be easier to specialize in a narrow field. If you’re an acknowledged specialist, nobody can do without you. If you’re not, you could be easily disregarded.”

Susan Inglett, Founder of Susan Inglett Gallery

“Artists are a gallery’s primary asset—treat them well.”

Shane Campbell, Founder of Shane Campbell Gallery

“Be suspicious of trends! Be vigilant about what you stand behind.”

Augusto Arbizo, Director of Eleven Rivington

“Be conscious of how you treat artists. Make sure you’re on the same page with the ones you represent. Do other things in the art world before jumping in—we all worked for dealers for a while before starting our own spaces.  It takes time to form relationships with collectors. Think long term.”

Carla Chammas, Co-Founder of CRG Gallery

“I would advise young people now to live in different places and be exposed to different cultures. When I came to the States, America was the country you wanted to be part of. Now the world has changed. There are other important places and it’s nice to be able to recognize them and what they have to offer. Art is so much an expression of life and life is not just one place or country.”