March 11, 2016


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A John Baldessari Maquette And Some Paddle8 Shares…
Director of Private Sales at Paddle8, London

After cutting teeth working for a major international art dealer in Switzerland, the charmingly cultured belle Sibylle Rochat, having gained fruitful curatorial experience, founded SAKS in Geneva – a gallery which has shown Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Chris Succo and Sarah Crowner among others. Smitten with tenaciously hunting for ideal work and spunkily catching the fit-the-spirit pieces for her clients, the art advisor and avid collector has now joined Paddle8 as an investor and director of private sales.

In this talk, we spoke to Rochat about her art info maniac-ism, making an awful green magma with chlorophyll powder and water – and most importantly – that subtle homey feel in the art world.

Sibylle Rochat

My ideal working outfit looks like…
I mix simple versatile pieces with bold jackets that can take me from a dealer’s lunch in Mayfair to an opening with beers in Peckham. My uniform is worn black cigarette jeans and a perfectly cut Saint Laurent jacket or a leopard cape.

Heels or flats… Which brand or style…
I wish I could say ‘flats’ but I am not that tall, so small and walkable heels are the Holy Grail.

My favourite art-related blog/app is…
I am an art info maniac. I read Daily Art Contemporary, ArtInfo, Artnet News, and I love the more traditional Baer Faxt.

The last thing I bought and loved was…
A John Baldessari’s Maquette from the 80’s.

Most ridiculous thing I ever bought…
Some Paddle8 shares. HAHAHA!

It was not so much ridiculous but rather the boldest decision I have made, to move from being a Swiss gallery owner and art advisor to investing in shares of a NY based online auction house, Paddle8. A decision I don’t regret, as I enjoy being part of this new and exciting shift in the art market.

Sibylle Rochat

My necessary extravagance is…
Taxis.

Three things/products I always need to have in my purse…
The ultimate luxury for me would be an empty handbag but I am not there yet. I usually carry around a bunch of gallery press releases, some of which I will end reading. As the art world is exhausting, I always carry my vitamins around. I see them as a talisman, the promise of a good day. I also have a collection of loyalty cards. I live in the fear that I won’t have the right one on the right day!

My ultimate beauty secret after long working hours…
Chlorophyll powder that I mix with water (and sometimes even birch water) to make an awful green magma (which terrifies my colleagues). I believe that it oxygenates my blood and makes my dark circles disappear… it’s all in the mind.

My favourite collision of the art-and-fashion world…
While I enjoy fashion and am passionate about art, the overlap of both art and fashion makes me uncomfortable. I know fashion is permeable to influences from all art forms and evolution in society I personally do not like recuperation of any kind. So you will not see me wearing a Courreges Mondrian dress from the 1960s or Richard Prince Louis Vuitton handbag, never.

My most admired art world influencer…
Harald Szeemann, we owe him the landmark exhibition “Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form” mounted in 1969 in Switzerland that changed the idea of curating forever.

In the art world currently I find most exciting that…
The (too) instantaneous access to unlimited information. My guilty pleasure is looking at endless exhibition views around the world without moving from my chair. As a result, the art world has become a more open environment, no longer the privilege of a select few, without mentioning Instagram that it has become a big art-world addiction…

Sibylle Rochat

Art is…
The best drug ever.

My next art trip/travel will be…
NY for the Armory and Independent. And later this year I will go again to Marfa, a pilgrimage.

The most arty city is…
Wherever I happen to be, I discover the local art scene. Art makes you feel at home everywhere, offering you an immediate common language with people with the same interests.

The perfect art-world gentlemen are…
All dead…but today Marc Blondeau, Nick Baker, Mathieu Paris and Alexander Gilkes are in good position.

Artist(s) we should have on our watchlist is/are…
Nothing new under the sun but it’s good to repeat: Daniel Buren, Franz West, John Baldessari, Laura Owens, and Ken Price are among my favorites. I like to discover artists from where I live, an interesting young one is Rebecca Ackroyd.

Instagram: @sibylle.rochat

Website: www.paddle8.com

Photos: by Sibylle Rochat and Richard Gooding