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As gallerists, we need to think about new opportunities to reexamine, refine, and reframe the vital and multifaceted role of the gallery in the cultural ecosystem. We must keep a focus on our unique relationships with both artists and collectors—it’s these meaningful and lasting associations that define and will sustain art dealers.

At the same time we must reconsider how we deal with auction houses as they expand their private dealing; how we approach and capitalize on art fairs; and how we address and engage with new entities like online platforms—at a time when 85 percent of people say they do much of their looking at art online—and with artists’ agents and investor-collector-dealers like Stefan Simchowitz and his Simco’s Club. These new platforms and modes of business are not going away, and gallerists must continue to be nimble and open-minded in order to succeed.

Cheim & Read

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