LOCATED IN ANTWERP, TIM VAN LAERE GALLERY WILL MAKE
ITS DEBUT AT THE 2015 DALLAS ART FAIR.
ntwerp has an incredible history of art, from Flemish
Primitives to Rubens and Van Dyck. Contemporary gallerist
Tim Van Laere says: “It’s a cosmopolitan village: center for
art, fashion, music, and film is also coming in to the foreground here.
There is so much talent concentrated in Antwerp. At any moment
you can bump into Luc Tuymans, Dries Van Noten, Matthias
Schoenaerts, Panamarenko, Raf Simons, for instance. When I asked
Adrian Ghenie to show with us eight years ago, he immediately
agreed and said, ‘I need to because Antwerp is the battlefield for
Here Joyce Goss catches up with Tim Van Laere about exhibiting
at the Dallas Art Fair in April 2015:
JOYCE GOSS: Tim, you were well under 30 when you opened your gallery.
What or who influenced your decision and the eventual opening of your
TIM VAN LAERE: I was 27 when I started the gallery and the most
important incentive, then and now, is to work with artists. I also
wanted to be independent and free. In the first year I was lucky
enough to have a fantastic mentor, the legendary curator Jan Hoet.
He is most famous for his groundbreaking exhibitions Chambres
d’Amis and Documenta IX, among many others. To work with
artists and collectors, some of the most interesting people in the
world, it’s a way of life, and I am happy to make a living through
something I am so passionate about.
JG: What is the most challenging aspect of operating a gallery?
TVL: We are an artists-focused gallery, in the sense that artists
are always and absolutely our number one concern and priority.
But I also believe that it’s extremely important to continuously
balance between being sensitive to art and to being a businessman.
A gallery is a complex business with many layers; a gallerist has to
intermediate between collectors and artists, museums and artists,
etc. But above and beyond that, a more crucial overriding factor in
my gallery is that our clients aren’t collectors. Our clients are the
artists. So we’re always taking care of the artists.
JG: What has changed the most since you first opened in 1997?
TVL: Thanks to the Internet, the world has become a lot smaller,
but beyond that the art world has become a lot bigger.
Left: Installation view ‘Adrian Ghenie,’ Tim Van Laere Gallery 2014, Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Right: Franz West, Zäh und zahm, 2011, 71 x 25 x 12 3/4 in., papier-mâché, styrofoam, acrylic, steel, Tim Van Laere Collection, Antwerp
WITH JOYCE GOSS