|Cover Image, Art + Auction November 2010|
Sometimes your eyes play tricks on you. Once you get something on your mind, you start to see it everywhere. Is this because you’re now noticing something that’s always been there, or is your new interest prompting you to pick up on actually unrelated bits of information (classic inductive reasoning)? As I mentally reviewed the below post regarding the identities of female entrepreneurs, I came to the last page of my November edition of Art + Auction: my favorite installment called “Dealer’s Notebook” in which a well-known dealer (usually of Contemporary art) responds to some direct question-and-answer interview dialogue. In this edition, London dealer Sadie Coles is asked many questions regarding her start in the primary market. In the fashion of the Vanity Fair questionnaire, Coles is asked the old standby, if you were not an art dealer, what would you be doing? Coles responds with “Being a better mother, daughter, sister, wife” (p. 144). Now, you’ve got to help me de-tangle this one, readers, because as we went over, I’m not sure if I’m being over inductive (and paranoid). Does Coles mean that she loves being an art dealer so much, that she cannot think of any other traditional profession that she would enjoy, and would therefore end up spending her time with her family? Or does she mean that her current position as an art dealer is inhibiting the development of her familial relationships? What do you think?