Charlie Manzo, formerly of Gagosian Gallery, has joined online auctioneer Paddle8 as a director. Mr. Manzo worked in sales at Gagosian for 2 years and before that was an assistant director and artist representative at Pace Gallery, where he worked for about a decade.
“I really knew nothing else outside of prominent, institutional, brick and mortar galleries,” Mr. Manzo said in a phone interview. At his new job, he’ll be working predominantly on developing Paddle8’s private sales department, helping to curate the site’s auctions. The first one he’ll participate in is a sale of surf culture that includes artist-designed surfboards, which launches on August 21.
Of switching gears to online art sales, he said, “I think this is a much younger place, and a little bit smaller. But as far as bringing things in on consignment and working with collectors, I don’t think it’s much different from Pace and Gagosian. The only thing is we don’t represent artists.”