In a recent interview with the U.K.-based wealth magazine Spear’s, dealer David Zwirner weighed in on smaller and mid-sized galleries, which are said to be an endangered species in the era of the multi-city super gallery and have been the topic of much discussion recently.
Here’s the relevant quote:
‘I think it’s a problem. I’ve been reading some articles where mid-size galleries are really complaining about how difficult it is to compete. The big galleries serve a very serious function but they can only serve so many artists.
‘Those [mid-size] galleries have to be strong. That’s a little bit on the local communities to support them. When I was a mid-size gallery and a small gallery, I really got my support from New York.
‘It seems that the audience seems to gravitate towards the galleries that have a little glory attached to their name. That’s too bad.’
Mr. Zwirner knows something about this. He recently brought on a new partner in Chris D’Amelio, who closed his own mid-sized gallery to join David Zwirner. Read the rest of the interview here.