Talking Galleries Seoul 2016 / Gallery Weekend Korea

15 October 2016
NEMO, Art Space at Interpark Theater Co., Ltd., Seoul
In partnership with Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) and Gallery Weekend Korea

Panel discussion | “Gallery Identity: how to find and maintain its place in today’s art ecosystem”

Speakers: Georgina Adam (moderator), Benjamin Genocchio, Robert Manley and Adam Sheffer

Front Row Guests: Abby Bangser, Sarah Douglas, Benjamin Eastham, Annette Schönholzer and Ossian Ward

TALKING GALLERIES collaborated with the Gallery Weekend Korea 2016 organizing a panel discussion that was part of the Open Talks programme. Under the title “Gallery Identity: how to find and maintain its place in today’s art ecosystem”, the TG Panel held in October 15 2016 debated around how the contemporary art gallery can find and maintain its place in today’s world. Contemporary art galleries are a key structure to accompany artists in the development of their careers and to generate new audiences for them.

The discussion revolved around questions such as: with an increasing polarization between the very big contemporary galleries and the mid- and small-sized ones, what is the future? How can galleries optimize their place in today’s environment? Is it through participation in art fairs, through associative initiatives, through gallery weekends and other such events? Is it possible for galleries to create an identity and a space for themselves, their artists and collectors without becoming a multi-national? How can galleries co-exist alongside auction houses and other ways of selling art, such as over the internet via Instagram and sites such as Artsy?


Adam Sheffer

Partner and Sales Director, Cheim & Read; President, Art Dealers Association of America

Georgina Adam

Art market editor-at-large, The Art Newspaper; art market correspondent, Financial Times

Robert Manely

Deputy Chairman and Senior International Specialist of 20 Century Contemporary Art at Phillip's.

Benjamin Genocchio

Director of the Armory Show


Front Row Guests

Ossian Ward

Head of Content of Lisson Gallery

Sarah Douglas

Editor-in-Chief of ARTnews

Benjamin Eastham

Associate Editor of Art-agenda

Abby Bangser

Artistic Director of Americas and Asia, Frieze Art Fairs

Annette Schönholzer

Former co-Director, Art Basel; founder, ".connect the dots"



NEMO, Art Space at INterpark Theater Co., Ltd., Seoul


About Gallery Weekend Korea and KAMS

 The Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) is a non-profit public arts and cultural foundation affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. Its mission is to vitalize the international exchange of Korean contemporary art and to serve as a bridge between the Korean and international art markets.

GALLERY WEEKEND KOREA 2016, organized by KAMS and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, will be held in Seoul from October 13-16, during Korean Art Week. Being presented for the first time in 2016, GALLERY WEEKEND KOREA is a major international event in the field of contemporary art, highlighted by twenty contemporary Korean artists of twenty participating galleries. Prominent international curators, gallerists, collectors, and art media will gather to participate in other core programs of GALLERY WEEKEND KOREA, including Open Talks, Networking Receptions, and Art Tours throughout Seoul and Gwangju.


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