While in Berlin we had a chance to discuss: the Polish Art Market, Academia, Middle class art collectors, The language of hashtags, Globalization vs localisation in the art market, Strategies of how a gallery can choose which artists to exhibit at art fairs, The return on investment of art fairs, the fact that it takes a gallery 3-4 times participating in an art fair to make ti profitable, the nature of collectors and their private museums, Soft power, Expectations, How galleries select artists to represent, the fact that artists should not send unsolicited portfolio to galleries, that galleries like to have artist recommended to them by trusted relations, Warsaw gallery weekend, Exclusivity, that there needs to be a trust between gallery and artists, Agreements between galleries on consistent prices between markets, Secrecy has a big value in the art market, why is the price of art negotiable?, the fact that artists should produce as much as possible, editioning your art, Tiered pricing of editions, that perfection can be boring, the beauty of hand made imperfections, necessity of collaboration, the difference between a gallery and a museum, and that fewer and more prestigious exhibitions is better than quantity of lesser exhibitions.
Szydlowski Gallery was founded in 1996 by Stefan Szydlowski, who already had created Gallery
Library in Legionowo (1990-1994) as part of the institution he was running. Already back then, he had close tights with artists such as Erna Rosenstein, Edward Krasinski and Koji Kamoji, who not only participated repeatedly in exhibitions at Gallery Library, but also had an impact on the choice of other artists collaborating later with Gallery Szydlowski. It is still in the Gallery Library that historical exhibitions such as Ping-Pong by Edward Krasinski (1993), or Haiku Water by Koji Kamoji (1994) took place. Szydlowski Gallery was officially opened in Warsaw with an exhibition of works by Koji Kamoji.
The Gallery’s programme focuses on contemporary Polish classics such as Erna Rosenstein and
Wojciech Fangor and combines them with established young artists from Poland and other countries (such as Germany, UK, Taiwan and Japan). Gallery Szydlowski represents the heritage and archive of Wojciech Fangor, a key figure in contemporary art after 1945 in Poland, as well as at a global scale. Gallery Szydlowski issued a number of catalogues devoted to the work of Wojciech Fangor and Maria Stangret-Kantor, among others.
Today, Gallery Szydlowski is an art consulting institution working with Polish and international artists, curators and critics, an important knot in the network of galleries and museums crucial for Polish culture.
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