My ART | Gallerist: Anna Jackson

Gallerist: Anna Jackson

Gallerist: Anna Jackson

Are you a gallerist or an art dealer?


What was the last work of art you bought?

A Julian Daspher painting on velvet from the 1980s.

If you could add any artwork to your personal collection, what would it be?

A Kusama Infinity Net painting or an early Cy Twombly.

Why collect?

I like that my collection notates my life. Each piece punctuates a moment in time, exhibitions I have visited, the generosity of artists, occasions we have celebrated. Collectively they have become an abstract narration of who I am and what I value.

What is art for?

It should extend us and make us agile in understanding perspectives different to our own. I also don’t understand living with blank walls.

What should change, what should remain?

The industry had been evolving already but Covid19 has accelerated this. We had been increasingly focused on video and digital content which is now imperative, and globally there has been a long won battle to show prices online, offering buyers more transparency across the market. I don’t think acquiring art online will ever replace the experience of buying in a gallery, but there is a place for it. More importantly, through Covid we have become to understand, or revaluate the importance of personal relationships. Time is valuable and I hope that people’s generosity with it remains.

April 2020
Anna Jackson is a director at Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland.
Photo: Tobias Kraus