As a child growing up in Amsterdam, Mireille Mosler preferred to wait in the car on family outings to museums and galleries. When it came to choosing a career however, she knew she wanted to be an art dealer in America but not before figuring out how to get there. Stepping off a plane in 1992 for an internship with Christie’s, it was her first sale of a painting that would become the lifeline enabling her to stay and pursue her dream of dealing art in New York City.
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Tom: So you've been involved in the art world for over 35 years and today while you specialise in Dutch works on paper, you also deal in American conceptual art, seeing you cover a large area of history in which you have a masters degree. You take part in London Art Week of course, exhibit at Master Drawings, TEFAF and have placed work in numerous museums like the MET and the Getty. Clearly then, you have found your place in the art world. Unusually however, you have no immediate family connections to art, in fact as a youngster during family trips to the museum you preferred to wait in the car park. Curiously when it came to choosing an area of study at university, you picked art history. So what made you choose something like this having no prior interest and how did your father react?
Mireille: I'm not sure if I planned to study art history, it just, in Holland unlike the united states you just apply to schools before you go. You don't have to go through a lengthy process, you just geta brochure and it has hundreds of choices in 5 major cities and I really stared at this list for a long time and my father was a lawyer and expected us to go in either law or finance but neither one seemed very appealing to me so I looked through the entire list and I thought I had no understanding of what art was, it was a real question I also didn't understand anything about the universe but I thought astronomy is a little bit above my level, and I wasn't very good at physics so i thought maybe I can solve the question for myself, what art is. So that seemed like a good choice, and I thought it was expected of me to go to college. So there was no question that I could get around that but it seemed genuinely interesting and of interest. I never looked back. I never doubted my choice. I liked it from day one.
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