Diana Poole is a talented Art Advisor and an expert in Fine Art Photographs. After working for renowned galleries in London, New York and Zurich, Diana created her own business, advising clients on collecting Art. She also introduces young collectors to contemporary artists through working with Oh-So-Arty, a platform for international art guides in different cities. We are very lucky to count Diana among our talented partners.
Could you explain your business in a few words?
I work as an Art Advisor specialising in Fine Art Photographs. I help my clients to develop collecting strategies and advise on the acquisition, management and sale of photographic art from the early 20th Century through to Contemporary works.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why this idea?
After working for 10 years in both Contemporary and Photography galleries in London, Zürich and New York, I felt not only ready, but compelled, to start my own business. The ability to work independently and create something very personal was exciting to me. I value the freedom to source artworks from anywhere in the world, but ultimately, it’s about developing a close relationship with my clients – understanding their artistic interests, sharing discoveries and research, and exchanging creative ideas.
Any interesting new projects that you would like to share?
I recently joined forces with Oh-So-Arty, a newly launched platform of international art guides in 14 cities around the globe, offering visitors an insider’s view into the local art scene. It’s how I would love to explore a new city, so when I heard about it I was keen to take part. I represent Oh-So-Arty in Zürich and organise customised visits to galleries, museums and artist studios. It’s a great way to stay on top of the art scene in Zurich and invariably leads to interesting encounters between artists, gallerists and visitors, where we really delve into an artist’s practice.
Who is your favourite photographer at the moment?
I was recently in NYC for the AIPAD photography fair and discovered the work of American artist Meghann Riepenhoff at Yossi Milo Gallery. I was blown away by the work’s breathtaking beauty, experimentation and physicality. You don’t feel like you’re looking at photographs because they are so painterly, textured and sculptural. Meghann actually uses one of photography’s oldest techniques – cyanotypes made without a camera. Her process is extremely physical; she submerges the paper in ocean waves or drapes it over tree branches during storms and in high winds, battling with the elements. I think part of the poetry is knowing how much is left to chance and the spontaneity of her practice in nature, which she brilliantly describes as “chaos with a dash of control”.
Which is your favourite place?
Without a doubt, the Benesse Art Site, designed by Tadao Ando on Naoshima Island in Japan. Art, architecture and nature coexist in perfect harmony here. As soon as you arrive on the island, the first thing you notice is a Yayoi Kusama yellow Pumpkin sculpture perched on the water’s edge. The experience continues in this way, and as you explore the various museums and sites, artworks can be found not just within the galleries, but scattered in surprising locations along the seashore and gardens. It was so peaceful, and discovering artworks as the sun set, with Ando’s minimal geometric structures in view, was a unique and magical experience. One piece that particularly stayed with me was a line of Hiroshi Sugimoto Seascapes installed on an external wall – the horizon line in each photograph correlates with the actual horizon line of the surrounding Seto Inland Sea. It is so innovative to install photographs outside too!
What is the best trip you have done and why?
My husband and I had an amazing trip in Argentina in 2015. We spent several days in Buenos Aires and loved discovering the quirky boutiques, galleries and restaurants in the vibrant Palermo neighbourhood. We then took a dusty road trip through Salta, in the North, through unimaginable desert landscapes and shifting rock formations on an art pilgrimage of sorts to visit James Turrell’s remote museum in Bodega Colomé. His light installations can only be viewed each afternoon at a specific time when sunlight hits the building at the perfect angle to ignite his artworks. Because his work is about light and space, experiencing them in this unusual, remote setting, as opposed to a gallery/white cube, was very powerful. In this environment, we were all the more open to reflecting on the idea of light as a tangible substance, and couldn’t help but feeling a deep sense of awe.
Which is your favourite deco / e-shop / concept store of the moment?
Carla Sozzani’s 10 Corso Como in Milan is such an inspiring place. It combines elegant and cohesive design in the interwoven spaces of restaurant, concept store, bookshop, photography gallery and 3 distinct hotel rooms, all contained within a beautiful courtyard. I’ve spent hours there soaking up the visual delights, not to mention pouring over the stacks of photography publications in the bookstore.
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