Gallery Talk: Hammer and Gavel, A Life Selling Photographs
February 13, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm| Free
Lecture by Rick Wester, President and Founder, Rick Wester Fine Art
Thursday, February 13, 5:30-7:00pm
Free and open to the public.
Reception to follow.
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Bringing over forty years of working experience, Rick Wester will present a loose, but in-depth and incisive history as a witness to photography’s rise as an established collecting discipline. Through the prism of positions as varied as itinerant art installer to worldwide director of two different auction house photography departments, Rick will review key moments in the development of the market and present a few surprises as well.
Rick Wester’s career in the photography market is as diverse as one can have. In the 1980s he worked at LIGHT, the seminal New York gallery of contemporary photography and then as an independent dealer and advisor. From 1992 until 2001 he served at Christie’s, as Head of Photographs and then International Director, overseeing auctions in New York, London and Los Angeles and as the department’s auctioneer. He left Christie’s to become a Director at Gagosian Gallery. Following this, Rick returned to private dealing and as Interim Director of the Howard Greenberg Gallery. In 2004 he was hired as a consultant to Phillips de Pury & Company. In January 2005 he joined the firm full-time as a Partner and Worldwide Head of Photographs. In 2007, he launched RWFA in Chelsea, New York’s preeminent art district with a full exhibition and sales program. RWFA promotes a select group of emerging and mid-career photographic and other artists while offering collections consulting and appraisals. Rick is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America and the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD).