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Object Research & Writing Associate
Object Research & Writing Associate
Pace Gallery
Post Date: 05 Apr 2022


Pace Gallery is a leading international art gallery representing some of the most influential contemporary artists and estates from the past century. Since its founding by Arne Glimcher in 1960, Pace has developed a distinguished legacy as an artist-first gallery that mounts seminal historical and contemporary exhibitions. Under the current leadership of President and CEO Marc Glimcher, Pace continues to support its artists and share their visionary work with audiences worldwide by remaining at the forefront of innovation. Today, Pace has nine locations worldwide including London, Geneva, a strong foothold in Palo Alto and two galleries in New York. Pace was one of the first international galleries to establish outposts in Asia where it operates permanent spaces in Hong Kong and Seoul.

Pace is seeking an Object Research & Writing Associate to research, write, and edit sales narratives for art fairs and information packets on the works of art in the gallery’s inventory, with a focus on secondary market works. Reporting to the Object Research & Writing Director, the Associate will compile provenance and other pertinent information from gallery records and published sources, and conduct complex searches using local, national, and international databases, as well as bibliographic utilities, archival, and sales records.Department

Research & Archives

What you’ll be doing:
  • Write and edit texts and research for sales packets using comparable works, image requests, and additional history sheet information, with a focus on secondary market works
  • Research and document provenance, exhibition history, and literature references for objects in the Gallery’s inventory. Maintain detailed records on provenance research, process, and sources.
  • Complete research for incoming artworks
  • Cross edit and fact check history sheets, art fair, sales packets, artist bios, and other gallery texts
  • Assist team with research requests and long-term database projects
  • Follow-up with various sources to comprehensively update object history
  • Conduct and compile auction research on objects and filter external research requests
  • Conduct and verify research at New York City libraries and institutions
  • Organize and file both hardcopy and electronic research documentation
  • Enter compiled research into inventory management database per established protocols
  • Continually update Pace history sheet and writing style guides
  • Uploading artist bios to the website per weekly schedule
What you’ll bring:
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in similar roles at an auction house, gallery, or museum
  • BA degree in Art History, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, Art Criticism, or other equivalent experience; advanced MA degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated provenance and archival research experience along with in-depth knowledge of 20th Century and Contemporary Art
  • Experience with cataloguing artwork and conducting auction/art market research and comparables
  • Knowledge of research best practices, such as familiarity with catalogues raisonné and the Art Loss Register
  • Familiarity and proficiency with museum, gallery, or library collections management software and Microsoft Office suite, digital scanning applications, Adobe, project management tools
  • Flexibility and strong follow-through on work assignments
  • Ability to work independently and with a team with strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity conducting research in libraries and archives and traveling and researching at off-site New York locations, as needed.
  • Spoken and written fluency in English required. Additional foreign language(s) such as French, Italian, German, Spanish, and /or Chinese preferred

In addition to an active and progressive work environment, Pace Gallery offers a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance, retirement plans with a company match, flexible spending accounts and commuter benefits. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and offer a generous vacation policy.

Pace Gallery is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, Veteran status, or any other legally protected status.


New York, USA

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