December 7, 2017


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0632_004 copyAssistant in an Emerging Gallery VS Art Fair Vip Manager

DESCRIPTION
Assistant: Watch an episode of Gallery Girls.
Art Manager: Fusion between first class flight attendant and lion tamer.

OUTFIT
Assistant: Freestyle.
Art Manager: Classic-chic. Don’t compete with your VIPs.

GETTING IN
Assistant: If you are a daughter or son of the Top 200 collectors, you will be able to turn down offers.
Art Manager: Speaking more than 5 languages fluently increases your chances. Swiss-German should be one of them.

WORKING HOURS
Assistant: Better to ask when the resting hours are.
Art Manager: During the fair season, you will be on call 24/7. Off-season, you can expect regular working hours.

SALARY
Assistant: Don’t ask.
Art Manager: Deciding who gets a VIP pass is priceless.

RECOMMENDED STUDIES
Assistant: Art history is a safe choice but journalism could be an alternative–best in combination with social media management.
Art Manager: Masters in International Relations. And definitely, Psychology.

BEST MOMENT
Assistant: Brad Pitt buys a work from your gallery and you are allowed to hold the iPad.
Art Manager: When Karl Lagerfeld flies in with his beautiful entourage. And the week after the art fair.

WORST MOMENT
Assistant: The last day of an art fair, if there haven’t yet been any serious sales.
Art Manager: The last day of an art fair, if there haven’t yet been any serious sales.

TRAVEL PENSUM
Assistant: Home, gallery, artist studio, storage, gallery, home, artist studio…
Art Manager: High, as you will also have to sneak into other art fairs to bond with “your” collectors.

UNTOLD FACTS IN JOB INTERVIEWS
Assistant: What you’re actually applying for is a social media position, because your boss will ask you daily about the number of new Insta followers.
Art Manager: The fair happens maybe once or twice per year. For the rest of the year, the position is not as VIP as you might wish. Your daily routine includes data entries and research on www.larryslist.com.

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Illustrations: Penelope Strintz