Joel Mesler, of Untitled Gallery, has a very funny piece on art dealing in the New York Observer, which would seem like satire if it weren’t so easy to take seriously:
Your artists are your clients and those who buy from you (your collectors) are just friends. Having more friends around you will mean more money for you and your clients. When a friend purchases an artwork from you, be sure to remind him that you have done him a favor. This purchase has made your friend look good, feel smart and, most importantly, it has made him money. This is why your friends spend their hard- or not so hard-earned money with you and not someone else.
The Art of Art Dealing (Gallerist)