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Confessions of an art dealer

The London dealer Simon Lee on the next big thing and what keeps him up at night

Simon Lee

My biggest mistake… Buying a share of a painting that didn’t exist. Always view a work of art and check its title before paying!

The museum I’d like to lead… The Simon Lee Foundation for Contemporary Art in Provence.

The artist I should have signed… All the ones I love for whom I don’t work.

Things that keep me awake at 3am… Art fairs and unanswered emails.

I last cooked for… Myself.

I should have been… A vigneron.

Dealers are misunderstood because… They are dealers.

Fairs are important… Because they are an ally and an enemy and cannot be ignored either critically or commercially.

Small talk is… A luxury.

A recurring nightmare involves… Small talk.

I was happiest when… My phone and email were disabled.

My greatest achievement is… To still have a thriving gallery and a thriving family.

The most underrated art movement is… Dada.

The next big thing… Neo-Dada.

I wish I had met… Lorenzo de Medici.

Travel broadens… Exposure to radiation.

Life's too short to… Drink bad wine.

My favourite person in the art world is… The one I’m having lunch with…

My Art Basel dream is to… Hang my stand in the way I had planned.

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