Old Business, New Name: Behold the Gallerist
Dec. 24, 2005
A fashionable new word is bubbling up in the New York art scene: gallerist, as a substitute for art dealer. Not, of course, just any art dealer. A gallerist is directly involved with the care and feeding of artists, rather than with the quick turnover of art objects.
Barbara Gladstone, a gallery owner of long standing who likes the word, said: "A dealer is someone who buys and sells paintings, but doesn't deal with artists. Gallerists represent artists. It's a completely different activity."
Searching American newspapers for "gallerist", I find plenty of articles that use it, implying that the word has taken root.