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DEFINITION of 'Gallerist'

The owner or operator of an art gallery. Gallerists buy and sell art works, and often focus on higher end pieces that carry premium prices. The job function may range from the technical, such as how to display art works, to operational, such as keeping the gallery running properly. 

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Gallerist'

Gallerists are responsible for the art works shown in the gallery, but may work with curators and art dealers to determine which pieces to show. The gallery may specialize in particular genres or art or periods of time, allowing buyers to see a range of different pieces in one location.

They often have backgrounds in art history or academics, may have been museum curators, and may have worked in auction houses in the past. This gives them expertise that buyers and sellers seek out when evaluating a particular work of art.

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