Gallery Interview
A conversation with Allegra LaViola of Sargent's Daughters
Gallery Interview
A conversation with Allegra LaViola of Sargent's Daughters
Allegra LaViola opened her first gallery in the fall of 2008 and was quickly established as an important voice in New York’s contemporary art scene. She founded her East Broadway space Sargent’s Daughters (the name is an homage to painter John Singer Sargent) in 2013 as a platform for contemporary art that has deep roots in art history.
“The truth is that most dealers are art addicts. We are always getting high on our own supply.”
Jemima Kirke, Grey and Lillia, 2019, oil on canvas, 42 x 28 inches (106.7 x 71.2 cm)
“The best is that moment when someone’s eyes light up with delight in front of a work that an artist has poured their soul into”
Wendy Red Star, Catalogue Number 1948.102, Parade Rider: Unidentified, 2019, pigment print on archival paper, 18 x 20 inches, Edition 1 of 10 plus 2 AP
Allegra LaViola
Born in New York, NY
Opened her gallery in 2013
Lower East Side
What is your greatest extravagance?
Other than constantly buying art — the best champagne. Mediocre champagne is a sin.
On what occasion do you lie?
When I’m running late. I come up with an elaborate excuse in my head even though it is usually five minutes. It’s the Scandinavian vs. Italian parts of me battling it out over punctuality.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could draw. I want to be that cool chick with the sketchbook, but I have absolutely no ability or talent.
For what fault do you have the most toleration?
Poor friendship upkeep. I have friends who I might never see if I didn’t make the effort. Though when I put it that way, it occurs to me that maybe it isn’t a fault — they just don’t want to see me!
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“LOOK” before I start getting into the nitty-gritty. If I start with “LOOK,” you know I’m about to go straight to the meat of things.
Allegra LaViola
Born in New York, NY
Opened her gallery in 2013
Lower East Side
Allegra LaViola opened her first gallery in the fall of 2008 and was quickly established as an important voice in New York’s contemporary art scene. She founded her East Broadway space Sargent’s Daughters (the name is an homage to painter John Singer Sargent) in 2013 as a platform for contemporary art that has deep roots in art history.
“The truth is that most dealers are art addicts. We are always getting high on our own supply.”
Jemima Kirke, Grey and Lillia, 2019, oil on canvas, 42 x 28 inches (106.7 x 71.2 cm)
“The best is that moment when someone’s eyes light up with delight in front of a work that an artist has poured their soul into”
Wendy Red Star, Catalogue Number 1948.102, Parade Rider: Unidentified, 2019, pigment print on archival paper, 18 x 20 inches, Edition 1 of 10 plus 2 AP
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