The gallerists Daniella Luxembourg and Amalia Dayan specialize in cutting-edge Contemporary art and overlooked 20th-century art. They have in common with AAP co-founder Allan Schwartzman a passion for postwar Italian art and, during this podcast, the trio talk about the market for art from this period.
Luxembourg & Dayan also discuss this current moment as one of real transition in the broader market, with tastes and demand shifting. In this episode, which is moderated by host Charlotte Burns, they speak about the difference between their London and New York businesses (Europe sells and America buys) and what impact Brexit might have. They talk about ugliness and struggle in art; the fall of Empires; and their own personal obsessions—art and food.
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Sound bites from the show:
Daniella Luxembourg: “I think in general, history is a gentleman. So, if you wait long enough, things adjust themselves.”
Amalia Dayan: “There was a real clash between the work and the space, they sabotaged each other.”
Daniella Luxembourg: “The secret is that we don’t tire each other to death, and we let ourselves dream.”
Daniella Luxembourg co-founded Luxembourg & Dayan gallery in 2009, which operates in New York and London and specializes in Postwar art. The gallery has staged monographic shows of artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Domenico Gnoli, Alberto Burri, César, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and Alex Da Corte, among others. Major thematic shows include “Grisaille” (2011), “Not So Still Life” (2014), and “The Ends of Collage” (2017).
From 2001 to 2004, Luxembourg was president and co-owner of the auction house Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, with the participation of LVMH Group. Major collections sold during her time at the firm, including the Berggruen and Smooke collections, among others.
Luxembourg was also the founding director of the Jewish Museum in Vienna from 1989 to 1990 and was the deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland from 1993 to 1996. In 1984, Luxembourg co-founded Sotheby’s Israel. Previous curatorial works include the New Ethnographic Museum, Jerusalem, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv.
Luxembourg is also a trustee at the Courtauld Institute of Art and sits of the selection committee of various Contemporary art competitions and cultural heritage awards.
Amalia Dayan co-founded Luxembourg & Dayan gallery in 2009, which operates in New York and London and specializes in Postwar art. The gallery has staged monographic shows of artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Domenico Gnoli, Alberto Burri, César, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and Alex Da Corte, among others. Major thematic shows include “Grisaille” (2011), “Not So Still Life” (2014), and “The Ends of Collage” (2017).
Among her previous positions, Dayan was director of sales at Gagosian, Contemporary art specialist at Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, and director at Deitch Projects.
Dayan graduated from Tel Aviv University and holds a Masters in Art and Business from NYU. Over the past two decades she has collaborated with some of the most prestigious public and private collections in the world specializing in Postwar art.
co-founder of AAP & chairman of Sotheby's Global Fine Arts
Allan Schwartzman is a Founder and Principal of AAP. He brings to the company more than 20 years’ experience in advising some of the world’s most influential and sophisticated collectors in forming their holdings of contemporary art, both individually and in conjunction with their stewardship of major museums.
Schwartzman is also widely respected as an independent curator, most notably for Instituto Inhotim, the visionary contemporary art park set within a 5,000-acre botanical garden in Brazil. As creative director and chief curator of Inhotim, he has been central to developing the collection of the renowned institution and commissioning its signature site-specific works by artists including Chris Burden, Giuseppe Penone, Matthew Barney, Doris Salcedo, Doug Aitken, Rivane Neuenschwander, Olafur Eliasson and Rirkrit Tiravanija, including projects that could not have been realized anywhere else.
Known equally as a tastemaker in contemporary art and an authority on the art market, Schwartzman is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Art Basel and notable events around the world.
Schwartzman was a founding staff member of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and served as curator from 1977 to 1980. He has written extensively about art for publications including The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Artforum and Art in America and was a contributing editor of Connoisseur. He served as a board member of Franklin Furnace from 1980 to 2000 and currently serves on the Board of Artists Space, one of New York’s premier alternative spaces, having also served as the board’s president.
executive editor of In Other Words
Charlotte Burns is the editor of In Other Words, our weekly newsletters and podcasts. She was previously the US news and market editor for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular correspondent for publications such as the Guardian and Monocle. Previously, she worked with the London dealer Anthony d’Offay on special projects. For several years, she was a consultant at the cultural communications agency, Bolton & Quinn. She also worked at Hauser & Wirth in London.
Burns received a Masters degree (with Merit) from the Courtauld Institute in Art and Cultural Politics in Germany, 1890-1945, as well as a first-class B.A. honors degree in English and History of Art from Birmingham University. She moved to New York in 2010.
The live record
Behind the Scenes: What's on the Menu with Daniella Luxembourg & Amalia Dayan
Current and upcoming shows
“Kiss Off” at Luxembourg & Dayan, New York (until 14 April)
“René Magritte (Or: The Rule of Metaphor)” at Luxembourg & Dayan, London (until 12 May)
“Modern Figures“, curated by Jeffrey Deitch at Art Basel Hong Kong (27 March – 1 April)
Where to look
Significant Shows at Luxembourg & Dayan