Gallerist Maureen Paley tells us about her top London spots and her fondness for The Wounded Deer.
This feature originally appeared in Issue 28.
What’s the most memorable exhibition that you’ve ever been to?
Joseph Beuys’s Plight, his felt room exhibition at Anthony D’Offay gallery in London in 1985. Unforgettable.
What’s the best city to get lost in for 24 hours?
Lisbon. It’s a magical city that seems untouched by chains and is preserved in amber. Extraordinary tile work is everywhere—on both domestic and public buildings—which enchants the eye.
Which designer do you feel most yourself wearing?
John Rocha and Comme des Garçons. I’ve saved clothes by both designers over the years and I wear them endlessly.
What’s the best meal out you had last year?
I love Hill & Szrok on Broadway Market. It’s a great butcher and an intimate restaurant in one.
Where is your go-to lunch spot?
The Rochelle Canteen [in London’s E2]. It feels like a works canteen crossed with a Dan Graham pavilion. Always a pleasure and a bit of a secret.
What is your cocktail of choice?
A dry vodka martini; but I can’t drink them anymore… only dream of them!
What’s your favourite museum?
It’s a tie between MoMA, New York and the Tate Modern and new Switch House, London. I also love the Sprengel Museum in Hannover; there are too many favourites.
Which piece of art do you keep coming back to?
Frida Kahlo’s The Wounded Deer from 1946. It’s very touching and special, a little jewel I would love to own if I could.
Which artist would you most like to be stuck in a lift with?
Wolfgang Tillmans because he would be calm and protective.
How has the art world changed since you’ve known it?
Maureen Gallace will show at London’s Maureen Paley from 6 October until 20 November 2016