ARTnews readers may recall that over the summer, when longtime New York gallerist Claude Simard passed away, we asked Nick Cave to say a few words. Cave recalled Simard, co-founder of Jack Shainman Gallery, as a “visionary” who had “that ‘It’ factor. I can only compare it to ball players. All the other players are amazing, but my Claude …had that extra thing that you’re just gifted with.”
Now another Shainman artist has written a eulogy of Simard. Over at artcritical.com, painter Leslie Wayne captures Simard’s wry take on the art world, telling the story of his inviting her to come along to the Venice Biennale:
Some years ago when the Gallery had several artists represented in the Venice Biennale, Claude said to me, “Come with us. You should be part of the ‘international blah blah’.” This cracked me up of course, because it expressed with good humor and clarity his attitude about the contemporary art scene. He knew it was important to be an artist with international reach, but he also understood much of the blah blah that inevitably came with it.
Wayne also writes about Simard’s interest in African and Indian art, and his impact on her career. Read the full eulogy at artcritical.com.