Definition of gallerist in English:



  • A person who owns an art gallery or who exhibits and promotes artists' work in galleries and other venues in order to attract potential buyers:

    ‘gallerists will tell you it would be difficult to break even without doing at least one art fair per year’
    • ‘This individualized approach makes it easier for clients to react honestly to a piece rather than making a decision because a gallerist is waiting for their feedback.’
    • ‘Conny Dietzschold Gallery opens a group show tomorrow night to celebrate her 15 years as a gallerist.’
    • ‘We were once again amazed how the plucky gallerist has managed to cram so many art works into such a tiny space.’
    • ‘But artists and gallerists agree that any material, properly prepared and maintained, can be appropriate for outdoor use.’
    • ‘Another gallerist observed, "I can't believe all the twenty-somethings here tonight."’
    • ‘Nick adds, "The reputation of the gallerist can be as important to the work."’
    • ‘Lieberman was one of few Chicago gallerists invited to be a member of the Art Dealers Association of America.’
    • ‘Portfolio books also offer gallerists a good way to screen work by prospective artists.’
    • ‘Christine's acceptance by a haughty lady gallerist on the basis of a goofy videotape monologue seems a bit far-fetched.’
    • ‘I will curate these, and it will also provide a space for visiting gallerists to mount shows.’
    • ‘In addition, it gives a gallerist an opportunity to educate his collectors about why an artist has chosen to paint nudes.’
    • ‘Afterwards I'm taken to the nearby home of a former photo gallerist who now has the job of overseeing the Elton John collection.’
    • ‘Any plans to pass on the current space to another gallery/gallerist?’
    • ‘The artists may get the kudos, but it's gallerists who ensure that the show goes on.’
    • ‘As every gallerist knows, most clients have a limited amount of patience for viewing work.’
    • ‘Get to know curators or young gallerists.’
    • ‘It is not so simple for a gallerist to get their work noticed and sold.’
    • ‘Adam Chang's portrait of Gene Sherman depicts the redoubtable gallerist looking to her left, perhaps a little embarrassed, a little shy, to an empty room seen through a doorway.’


Early 20th century (in the sense ‘person in a gallery’): from gallery and -ist.