Art dealer René Gimpel of Gimpel Fils considers the relationship between artists and galleries, including contracts, gallery responsibilities and what commercial galleries do for artists.
One of five short films, by Artquest's ArtlawTV channel, exploring legal aspects of contemporary artistic practice through interviews with artists and arts professionals.
"There is a real misunderstanding amongst artists that the commission on sales from a gallery should be 50%." Henry Lydiate.
René Gimpel has been an art dealer for forty years in a family firm of dealers. The business started in Paris in 1883, moved to London in 1946 and is now back in Paris (galerie gimpel & múller) as well as London (Gimpel Fils). Gimpel has taken an interest in cultural politics over many years, including active support for the implementation of artist's resale royalties.
ArtlawTV is an ongoing series of short films commissioned by Artquest to explore many of the legal issues that artists face when making, showing, selling or distributing their work, presented through actual artistic practice.
First published: a-n.co.uk June 2011
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