Art market Magazine January 2017

 
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Arne Glimcher, art as a religion 
On his…
MEETING

Arne Glimcher, art as a religion
On his way through Paris, Arne Glimcher – not only the founder of the Pace Gallery but also a producer and film director – talks about
his career, developments in the market and the place of art in society. Pace galleries are now all over the world, in New York, Beijing and Paris. I love Paris. You know, I've adored art ever since I was little. And if you were interested in art then, you had to come to Paris – likewise if you wanted to open a gallery. I opened my own in Boston 56 years ago. You could buy a small Giacometti at the Maeght gallery or at Claude Bernard. The capital was pretty lively! The history of Modernism was written here, and I'm an apostle of Modernism! Paris went through another magnificent period after the war with Dubuffet, one of the great 20th century artists. If you look at his work and those by Giacometti produced right at the end of the Second World War, isn't that just how people looked: crushed, drawn-out, mere sketches? You have a keen interest in Chinese creation… At the moment, I think there are more new and powerful things in China than in the rest of the world. I went there for the first time in 1983, and was immediately spellbound. At the time, there was no contemporary art – at any rate, nothing that struck me. I had gone there to try to make a film: a story set in the last days of the Shanghai International Settlement. Since then, I have gone back regularly. In 2003 I discovered a great many talents and an incredible vitality, sadly lacking in the West at the time. It was daring – just like Western art in the early 20th century. And so we opened a gallery in Beijing. With all these specialist galleries (Pace/MacGill, Pace Prints, Pace Beijing, and so on), how would you define the Pace spirit? I think there is a real sensitivity about Pace, and a specific identity, mainly due to artists like Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman, Chuck Close and Robert Irwin. There's a

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Pace Gallery, New York, 32 East 57th Street, New York NY 10022. www.pacegallery.com

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Arne Glimcher with the artist James Turrell (on the right).

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