How did you first get interested in contemporary art?
My parents have been collecting since I was a baby, my mom was an art teacher, my grandmom studied art in the 1930′s, and I learned how to walk at the Art Basel fair. I grew up in this world and never disconnected.
Tell us about the artwork you live with.
We live in apartment at the back of the gallery, so I live with the art that we show. I have a small collection of more personal things: small works by Madge Gill, an amazing self-portrait of spanish photographer Alberto Garcia-Alix, and bigger edition photographs by Jack Pierson and Douglas Gordon. I also own this tiny piece by Charlemagne Palestine and some really nice paintings and drawings by Bret Slater. The first artwork I bought was a photograph by Larry Clark from the Tulsa series. I bought it to replace another photo from the same series that my parents had given me but that I was robbed of while moving to Paris.
Which contemporary artists are you excited about right now?
I’m really glad to be showing Yannick Val Gesto, a young Belgian artist, at NADA NYC this weekend and in June at the gallery. I’m also really excited about Israel Lund‘s work right now. I discovered the work online a few months ago and went for a studio visit in New Jersey at his school. We’re planning a show in September–his first solo in Europe–and I am really looking forward to it!
What’s your opinion on the art fairs as an exhibitor?
Art fairs are where things happen, or what allows you to make things happen. I’ve been going to Miami since Art Basel launched its first edition and I’ve followed NADA as well. Last year was our first year at NADA Miami and it was so well organized and in such a nice atmosphere that we were really happy to be part of it. The gallery line up is always quite exciting–that’s the place you really want to go to discover new artists. I think NADA really fits the kind of things we show more than a lot of other art fairs.
What’s next for you after NADA?
I’m organizing Brussels gallery weekend in September and we also hope to grow internationally and especially in the US through art fairs and new collaborations.
An art book everyone should check out?
J.G. Ballard’s Vermilion Sands.
Artist quote or words to live by?
“What’s the good of living if you don’t try a few things?” – Charles M. Schulz