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Confessions of an art dealer: Daniel Blau

The London gallerist on art fairs, archaeology and why dealers are misunderstood

Daniel Blau © Burkhard Maus

The museum I’d like to lead… Would have been the Leverian Museum, which unfortunately closed 200 years ago.

The artist I should have signed… I like to work with dead artists.

Things that keep me awake at 3am… The stuff under my bed.

I should have been… An 18th-century explorer or an archaeologist.

Dealers are misunderstood because… They unflinchingly stand up for their artists, art works and vision.

Fairs are important… To compete with auction houses.

Small talk is… The liquid in the stew or a breeze on a hot summer day.

A recurring nightmare involves… Waking up.

I was happiest when… I was digging at the foundations of my boarding school.

The most underrated art movement is… Truly great artists try not to be identified with movements. I agree with that notion.

The next big thing… Will seem tiny the moment after.

I wish I had met… James Cook.

Travel broadens… My horizon and collection.

Life is too short for… Democracy.

My favourite person in the art world is… The first one chopping a pebble two million years ago, enjoying the new shape and telling the others about it.

My Art Basel dream is to… Exhibit at Art Basel Waikiki.

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