Interview
Frieze New York 2019

Confessions of a dealer: Esther Kim Varet

We talk to Esther Kim Varet, the founder of the Los Angeles (and now, Seoul) gallery Various Small Fires about the art world, a pet peeve and the next big thing

Esther Kim Varet Courtesy of Various Small Fires, Los Angeles and Seoul

The art world’s best-kept secret is…

That nobody in the art world can keep a secret.

My pet peeve is…

People who steal front-desk pens.

The artist I should have signed…

That’s not really how it works?

People don’t pay enough attention to…

Anything other than Instagram.

I’d love to have dinner with…

@jerrygogosian

The next big thing…

CBD matcha oat milk lattes.

It’s hard to have sympathy for..

Dealers who don’t pay artists.

I really envy…

Eight hours of sleep. I have two galleries and two kids—all under the age of six.

My last missed opportunity was…

I make my own opportunities.

I love discovering…

Late start times at art fairs.