Introducing Max Teicher of Gagosian Gallery: a global art network
IN ITS 30 YEAR HISTORY, GAGOSIAN GALLERY HAS EVOLVED INTO A INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF GALLERIES WORLDWIDE. IT HAS EARNED ITS POWERFUL GLOBAL PRESENCE WITH GALLERIES STRATEGICALLY PLACED AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEW YORK AND BEVERLY HILLS IN THE UNITED STATES, LONDON, PARIS, GENEVA AND ZURICH, ROME, AND HONG KONG. MOST RECENTLY OPENED, THE 12th GALLERY WORLDWIDE, GAGOSIAN SAN FRANCISCO, IS PERFECTLY LOCATED ON HOWARD STREET, NEXT DOOR TO JOHN BERGGRUEN, A SAN FRANCISCO FIXTURE, AND ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE NEWLY EXPANDED AND SPECTACULARLY RECEIVED SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART.
SFMoMA TRIPLES THE EXHIBITION SPACE OF THE ORIGINAL BUILDING AND ALLOWS THE MUSEUM TO CURATE AND EXHIBIT A GREAT DEAL MORE OF ITS STELLAR COLLECTION, PARTICULARLY RICH IN GERMAN NEO-EXPRESSIONISM AND MINIMAL ART. THIS LATEST VENUE OFFERS GAGOSIAN DIRECT ACCESS TO THE ESTABLISHED AND ENGAGED BAY AREA COLLECTORS AND PROXIMITY TO NEWER ART-COLLECTING SILICON VALLEY ENTREPRENEURS.
MAX TEICHER AT GAGOSIAN GALLERY IN NEW YORK PROJECTS THE CONFIDENCE AND ENTHUSIASM THAT CHARACTERIZE THE MOST EFFECTIVE DEALERS. GAGOSIAN OFFERS ARTISTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXHIBIT IN ARCHITECTURALLY IMPRESSIVE GALLERY SPACES WORLD WIDE AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL COLLECTORS FOR IMPORTANT WORKS BY SUCH REVERED LUMINARIES AS LUCIO FONTANA, CY TWOMBLY, DAVID SMITH, AND PICASSO. THE LIST IS ENDLESS, A SPECTRUM OF THE MOST ESTABLISHED AND SOUGHT AFTER MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AS WELL AS A CONTINUALLY EXPANDING ROSTER OF NEW TALENT.
THE COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT AND OPEN-ENDED POSSIBILITIES FOR ADVANCEMENT AT GAGOSIAN UNDOUBTEDLY MAKE A POSITION AT THE GALLERY BOTH ENVIABLE AND CHALLENGING YET MAX TEICHER. HEADQUARTERED IN NEW YORK AT THE MADISON AVENUE LOCATION ACROSS FROM THE CARLYLE HOTEL, ALWAYS APPEARS RELAXED WHILE VERY MUCH IN CHARGE.
THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED THAT MAX HAS AGREED TO CONTRIBUTE.
MAX, HOW DID YOU FIRST DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN ART?
I have always enjoyed the aesthetic world, specifically, architecture, visuals arts and design. When I was a teenager, I developed a love for contemporary art. I began trying to learn and see as much as possible.
AS THIS INTEREST DEVELOPED, WHAT DIRECTION DID YOU TAKE, ACADEMICALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY, TO FURTHER THIS?
Without thinking much of my future, I first took a job with Bruce Frank when I was 15 years old. He is a very well regarded dealer of African and Oceanic art. From there, I decided to continue with this career path and focus my studies on visual art. I attended Sarah Lawrence College (like you!) with visual art in mind.
WHAT WERE SOME OF THE INTERNSHIPS AND JOBS THAT YOU HAD THAT SOLIDIFIED YOUR PROFESSIONAL PATH? WHAT WERE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OBSERVATIONS AND LESSONS DID YOU CULL FROM THESE EARLY EXPERIENCES?
I began working for Abby M. Taylor Fine Art in high school and she was kind enough to invite me to work with the gallery at the LA Art Fair. I was fascinated by the way dealers interacted with collectors about art. Each person’s attraction to specific works of art represented many aspects of their personal narrative. The role of the dealer became clear to be a connector between an object and viewer. I continue to be assured that this was a role I wanted myself.
YOU HAVE AN ENORMOUS APPRECIATION FOR ARTISTS, THEIR CREATIVE PROCESS, AND THEIR STRUGGLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR VISUAL AND INTELLECTUAL CULTURE. WHAT EXPERIENCES HELPED YOU TO EXPAND THIS EMPATHY?
After realizing my dream was to work with living artists, I understood that it was important to start painting and understand the artist’s process. It took me several years to appreciate and accept it, and without it I wouldn’t be geared to do this.
IN THE NEXT LRFA BLOG, MAX WILL SHARE HIS EXPERIENCES SINCE FIRST JOINING GAGOSIAN GALLERY. MAX IS AN ARTICULATE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE DEALER HAPPY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. FIRE AWAY!
AND HAPPY 4th!