‘It Takes Time to Prove Yourself’: Joseph Nahmad on His New York Gallery’s Fifth Anniversary
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‘It Takes Time to Prove Yourself’: Joseph Nahmad on His New York Gallery’s Fifth Anniversary

ELISABET DAVIDS/©THE ESTATE OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT/LICENSED BY ARTESTAR, NEW YORK Joseph Nahmad, the 28-year-old scion of the powerhouse family that is synonymous with high-end trading in the field of Impressionist and modern art, just celebrated the fifth anniversary of the opening of his New York gallery, Nahmad Contemporary, with an exhibition and catalogue tracing the 22 shows he’s mounted since 2013. In an interview with ARTnews , the Manhattan-bred dealer spoke about his program and background, seated for the most part at his backroom desk at 980 Madison Avenue, down the hall from Venus Over Manhattan, just below Gagosian gallery, and across the street from the gallery of his cousin Helly Nahmad. A 12-foot-tall Urs Fischer aluminum panel composition of a Hollywood starlet from the artist’s “Problem Painting” series dominated a wall in the tastefully appointed, book-lined room. ARTnews: What are the pluses and minuses of being part of a family-run art-trading empire? Joseph Nahmad: Well, of course, there are plenty of advantages. On the one hand, it’s easier to get loans, and I have a family name that’s very well known. However, on the flip side, you have to work extra hard to earn respect from colleagues and […]

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