MOVING UP THE CORPORATE LADDER IN ANY FIELD OF ENDEAVOR IS HIGHLY COMPETITIVE AND STRATEGIC. IN AN ARTICLE ON THIS SUBJECT IN FORBES MAGAZINE BY STAFF REPORTER JACQUELYN SMITH, HOW TO FAST-TRACK YOUR WAY UP THE CORPORATE LADDER, ADVICE RANGES FROM THAT OF GOOD OLD DAD:
How? “My Dad gave me advice early in my career to always do the very best with whatever level of responsibility that I was afforded, and to take less desirable assignments that others might not want,” he says. “That approach has offered great exposure throughout my career.”
TO CORPORATE STRATEGIST, LYNETTE LEWIS, BUSINESS CONSULTANT AND AUTHOR, WHO CONCLUDES:
GABRIELA PALMIERI’S WORK ETHIC IS INCOMPARABLE. SHE IS AVAILABLE FROM VERY EARLY MORNING TO VERY LATE AT NIGHT, GENEROUS WITH ADVICE AND TRANSPARENTLY HONEST IN AN INDUSTRY THAT MAY HAVE A BIT OF SMOKE AND MIRRORS.
IN TODAY’S LRFA POST, GABBY TRACES HER CAREER AT SOTHEBY’S FROM CATALOGUER TO CHAIR.
GABBY, WELCOME BACK! WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU DECIDED TO STAY AT SOTHEBY’S AND NOT CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC STUDIES?
I then moved over to become a cataloguer and researcher in the Latin American Art Department. By late 2003, Alex Rotter poached me to the Contemporary Department as the collectors I was working with in Latin American were buying Contemporary and vice versa. By November 2004, I put a Gego on the cover of the Day sale catalogue and now Gego shows are being mounted at Levy Gorvy! I progressed to Head of Day Sale, Head of Evening sale until I departed as Chairman, and accomplished all I set out to do.
YOU HAVE THE EAR OF SO MANY OF THE VERY BEST AND MOST RESPECTED COLLECTORS. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COLLECTIONS THAT STAND OUT THE MOST AND WHY?
I suppose I specialize in the letter S. The Sender Collection was the first Collection that truly put me in a position that I felt so invested in the personal friendship that I had with the collector; which dovetailed into me treating every aspect of its sale as if it was my own. It was the personal investment that made it such a meaningful exercise both professionally and personally – and an honor to work with someone as ambitious and visionary as Adam Sender. The very same for Spiegel which was my first foray at advising a collector as an independent.
The history and legacy of Emily Spiegel’s passion and acumen was just one that was such a privilege to have an insight into and I was just so invested in its triumphant result as a legacy. To do what Emily did with an absolute joy and love of it deserves a chapter in “how to” the history of collecting.
HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE ART WITH A CAPITAL A? WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE SOME OF THE MOST DEFINING MOMENTS IN ART HISTORY?
I characterize art in the most romantic terms possible. To me, it is something that makes visible or tangible a moment in time; a desire for something beyond imagining; and otherworldly. In other words, Art History for me resonates so specifically to imagine what it must have been like to walk into Hieronymous Bosch while he painted the Garden of Earthly Delights; the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo on the scaffolding;
Vermeer as he painted that last touch on the pearl earring; Turner’s studio as he painted the tempest; Picasso lavishing paint on any canvas; Klein setting a canvas on fire; Fontana slashing one; Warhol silkscreening one; Johns encaustic-ing one; Rauschenberg erasing one; Basquiat finding one to Bradford collaging one.
GABBY, THANK YOU. IN OUR NEXT POST, WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN OF GABBY’S PERSPECTIVE OF THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MARKET. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU WOULD LIKE TO POSE TO HER, PLEASE DO SO.