There’s not much new in Graham Bowley’s story on the way that art fairs have taken over the business for galleries. But it is fun to see Arne Glimcher express some old school disdain for the development:
“We used to sit around in the gallery on a Saturday afternoon hoping someone would come in,” said Arne Glimcher, of the Pace Gallery in New York. “What we are dealing with now is destination shopping. We have to be in different places. We bring the art to the collector rather than bringing the collector to the art.”
Mr. Glimcher, too, said he preferred others from his gallery to make the global trek.
“Fairs are beneath the dignity of art,” he said. “To stand there in a booth and hawk your wares — it is just not how you sell art.”