Gallery Interview
A conversation with Nathalie Karg
Gallery Interview
A conversation with Nathalie Karg
Nathalie Karg’s career as a gallerist started when she was twenty-three years old, curating exhibitions out of her SoHo loft with artists that would go on to be some of the most important voices of our time. Since then, she’s continued to nurture an ambitious stable of talented artists at her eponymous gallery in the Lower East Side.
Installation view, Playing House, Nathalie Karg Gallery, May 13–May 29, 1993
“I’m always more attracted to paintings that are difficult at the very beginning — paintings that stay with you and keep giving you new things to discover. I think a painting needs to keep giving to you.”
“I look at a ton of artwork all the time. That’s my job as a gallery — to keep looking.”
Dorian Gaudin, Foul the switch, 2019, aluminum, rivets, chrome, and paint, 43 x 32 inches (109.3 x 81.3 cm)
Gamaliel Rodriguez, Figure 1808, 2017, ballpoint pen, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper, 22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
Rannva Kunoy, Yellow (3), 2020, pigment and acrylic on linen, 41 3/8 x 27 1/2 inches (105.1 x 69.9 cm)
Nathalie Karg
Born in Paris, France
Opened her gallery in 2013
Lower East Side
What is your greatest extravagance?
Enjoying time with my friends and family. What would be my greatest extravagance: all of this on a beautiful yacht designed by Andre Hoek.
If not yourself, who would you be?
An athlete.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
When life is just as it should be. When I feel proud of what I have achieved and excited about what I will achieve.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The untimely loss of a loved one, when you haven't made the time to say everything you wanted to say to them.
What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty and a great sense of humor.
Nathalie Karg
Born in Paris, France
Opened her gallery in 2013
Lower East Side
Nathalie Karg’s career as a gallerist started when she was twenty-three years old, curating exhibitions out of her SoHo loft with artists that would go on to be some of the most important voices of our time. Since then, she’s continued to nurture an ambitious stable of talented artists at her eponymous gallery in the Lower East Side.
Installation view, Playing House, Nathalie Karg Gallery, May 13–May 29, 1993
“I’m always more attracted to paintings that are difficult at the very beginning — paintings that stay with you and keep giving you new things to discover. I think a painting needs to keep giving to you.”
“I look at a ton of artwork all the time. That’s my job as a gallery — to keep looking.”
Dorian Gaudin, Foul the switch, 2019, aluminum, rivets, chrome, and paint, 43 x 32 inches (109.3 x 81.3 cm)
Gamaliel Rodriguez, Figure 1808, 2017, ballpoint pen, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper, 22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
Rannva Kunoy, Yellow (3), 2020, pigment and acrylic on linen, 41 3/8 x 27 1/2 inches (105.1 x 69.9 cm)
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