Gallery Talk

Musings on the real world of a "Gallery Girl"
“I never thought if art made me happy or not, but I don’t have anything else. Art is everything to me.” - Yayoi Kusama
  • September 18, 2012 9:37 am

    The Adventures of Amy: Kenny Schachter (the Hans Ulrich Obrist of Awful) GChats With a Real Live Gallery Girl

    Kenny Schachter you are hirarious. Click on the link above for Kenny’s gchat interview with Amy Poliakoff from Gallery Girls. Wish I could get paid to watch this junk!

    amy: I enjoy teaching and sharing knowlege about art with everyone i work with
    I”ve learned alot this season and i hope i get a season two
    to help the world get a better undestanding of me and the arts
    I think Sharon
    could have handled the whole situation differently
    me: SEASON TWO? OH NO! i am only just digesting still the first 6 episodes. so you are in this to help the world be a better place? sounds like beauty pageant speak!

    Just a reminder to you gallery girl/boys out there, looking for contributors. Please send your posts to

  • September 15, 2012 10:07 am

    September in the Art World

    Back to a Tuesday through Saturday work schedule, countless gallery openings, and fall preview reviews. Its been a crazy two weeks, to say the least. I’ve realized that my idea for this blog was a bit ambitious and I’m not sure that I can keep it up alone. This is a call to all gallery girls/boys who want to share their experiences (anonymously or not). If you have something to share, please email your entries to me at

    Back to work!


  • August 30, 2012 10:08 am

    "People are more interested in ideas than the romance of painting. I’m still old-fashioned in that sense."

    “I Just Wait Until It Goes ‘Pow!’”: Abstract Painter Ed Moses on His Methodical and Intuitive Process, Artinfo. August 30, 2012

  • August 29, 2012 12:38 pm

    Blake Gopnik says that galleries are opening at the same size as supermarkets! Which artists making bank today will be unknown in 50 years?

  • August 23, 2012 2:01 pm

    A Newcomer’s Guide to NYC Galleries - By Kelsey Zalimeni

    Are you a newbie to New York’s art scene? Perhaps you’ve recently moved here to pursue those gallery dreams or you’re a tourist on the hunt for the much-hyped art of the city.  You’ve got the enthusiasm of 10 interns but you’re just not sure how to behave in a gallery—and I’m here to help you. I’m sharing just a few basic tips with you before you set foot in an NYC gallery.

    1.     Never, ever, [and I’ll add another for emphasis] EVER—touch the artwork. This might seem like a no-brainer for most, but you’d be surprised how many disregard this obvious rule.  During my time working for a gallery, I’ve seen people smear greasy fingerprints on picture frames, attempt to pluck paintings off the wall, and even someone who figured they could sit on the pile of cinderblocks in the middle of the floor (it was a delicate paper sculpture).  Always remember that ‘you break it, you buy it,’ is in full effect in all galleries- and they’d love to pin you with a fat bill for any damage you cause to their precious pieces.

    2.     Taking pictures is surprisingly [usually] okay!  This might seem counter-intuitive, considering the warning above. But in most galleries it’s quite alright to snap a photo or two for tourist purposes or even if you’re doing a report for some publication about a certain work or exhibition.  However, while you’ll probably be most welcome to take pictures, it is imperative that you ask an employee of the gallery beforehand.  Better to courteously ask for and receive permission than to be tackled by an angry 20-something gallery intern (trust me, they have lots of pent-up rage from all the inventory and contact entry they do).

    3.     Don’t be loud. Like I said, just don’t. Simple tip, but we all need to be reminded. I’m sure seeing the Koons in person is freakin’ amazing and the best thing to ever happen to you, but express your joy with your inside voice.

    4.     If you’re attending an opening, a few things:

    5.     A) Don’t be the first person to swoop in on the freebies.  This means don’t hog the meager supply of cheese and crackers (someone worked hard to arrange them into the shape of Ai WeiWei’s face!) and you are absolutely never to drink more than two servings of whatever beverage they’re offering. Getting wasted at any event is never cool, so go easy on the free Brooklyn Brewery Lagers.  

    B) Don’t wear your paint-splattered clothes to the opening- we all know you’re probably an artist just from your presence; no need to wear evidence of your career choice. On the other hand, dressing like you’re going to prom isn’t the best choice either; shoot for a happy medium, something comfy and presentable. You never know who you’ll meet, and that’s in the city in general. 

    C) (This one goes out to Paint-Splatter Art Guy also) Don’t pass out CD’s or mini samples of your work (you’d be surprised how many people try this)! There is plenty of time for that elsewhere, but we’re here to celebrate the exhibition you see on display. If you happen to have a few business cards on you, that’s obviously normal and acceptable.  But handing those out like you’re in Time Square isn’t okay, either.

    D) Mingle and socialize! Even if you came by yourself, be bold and outgoing.  Chances are a lot of other people came solo as well, so don’t waste your evening being shy. If you’re feeling especially brave, go introduce yourself to the artist(s) featured in the show- no one will ever turn down a compliment on how great, amazing, awesome, cool, talented, prodigious and stylish you think they are.

    Lastly, my fifth and final piece of advice: Bask in the presence of the wonderful artwork you’re beholding- don’t just walk through quickly without a single thought! Here I am inviting you to be a complete and total dork. Yes, you can! Start a conversation over a challenging piece of work. If you like it, ask yourself why. If you hate it, ask yourself the same question.  The beauty of art is its ability to stimulate minds and provoke thought and emotion in all of us. You don’t need to be some art historian or renowned curator to express your thoughts about artwork- everyone has a brain, so contribute what’s going on in yours.

    Of course it goes without saying to have a great time and enjoy the experience- you’re in the greatest city on Earth, so act like it! Enjoy yourself and happy gallery hopping!

    -Kelsey Zalimeni

  • August 20, 2012 12:49 pm

    Richard Artschwager Does More With Less

    “Sculpture is for the touch, painting is for the eye. I wanted to make a sculpture for the eye and a painting for the touch.”

  • August 15, 2012 2:19 pm

    Before Bravo's Gallery Girls, there was Gallery Girls, the web comic...

    Check out the original Gallery Girls, created by Mary Blakemore. I first came across this hilarious web comic as an intern two years ago. In an interview with hyperallergic, Blakemore said she plans on turning the comic into webisodes, I hope its true!

  • August 14, 2012 4:19 pm

    Gallery Talk's First Interview! - The Gallery Talk Tumblr author speaks out about 'Gallery Girls'

    A big thank you to Jed Lipinski at Capital New York for featuring Gallery Talk in his piece and asking some great questions! Here’s another link to the piece: Click me

  • August 12, 2012 7:39 pm

    "[International Art Speak]: “always recommends using more rather than fewer words;” “sounds like inexpertly translated French;” is marked by an “uncanny stillness;” and has a heavy “dependence on lists” (guilty as charged)."

    — Kyle Chayka, "How the Art World’s Lingo of Exclusivity Took Root, Branched Out, And Then Rotted From Within," Artinfo. 

  • August 10, 2012 7:45 pm

    Gallery Talk in Art Fag City's Thursday Links!

    Art Fag City mentioned my little blog in their ‘Thursday Links’ which was exciting even though they suggested that this is an icky Bravo marketing ploy. Very sorry to disappoint but this is definitely not a pro Bravo “Gallery Girls” blog. Everyone and their mother in the art world press is writing about this show which made it the ideal time for me to start blogging and to write about something I know, being a gallery girl.

    I’d prefer not to share who I work for but I can say that for the last two years I’ve worked at a prominent contemporary art gallery with locations in New York and abroad that represents a roster of emerging and established artists. I’ll be watching the show and commenting on it until I get bored of doing so, but I also hope to contribute something that the show can’t, a real experience.