Wednesday, February 4

Sexy Sexism

But in a world in which art, fashion, celebrity and money commingle, gallerinas know that their looks—or, at least, their look—can make a difference. Yancey Richardson, the owner of an eponymous Chelsea art gallery, notes that she employs front desk assistants who can answer questions from the public and clients, and also attack a rigorous list of tasks. “You can’t just hire people who are decorative,” she said, “but you can find someone with all those necessary skills and who is beautiful.”
New York Times, March 30, 2008

“It’s not a surprise that the director of a prominent, important gallery is black or is young or is a woman,” said Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum, which has showed two of Ms. Vassell’s artists. “But when you run the three together, it sends a very important signal.”
New York Times, February 2, 2009


Nick said...

Wow. Just...blech

Sell Art said...

Hmm, interesting quotes. I don't really quite know what to make of them!