Art Preparator

Karline Moeller Placements

Karline Moeller Placements seeks an Art Preparator for a Gallery client in New York City. The position is full time, salaried, and includes benefits and OT.

The role of this Preparator will report to the Senior Technician and under his / her guidance is responsible for the handling, packing, condition checking and installation of artworks of varied media at the gallery, client houses, and, where appropriate, art fairs.

  • Daily, general gallery upkeep and maintenance of the gallery (interior and exterior) and viewing rooms/offices.

  • Handling and installing artworks for exhibitions, art fairs, photography, viewing rooms, and client houses.

  • Packing and condition checking of artworks for art fairs and exhibitions.

  • Cataloguing artwork into gallery database, ensuring the database is kept up to date and accurate.

  • Conduct condition checks for various types of artwork: Identifying, noting, and documenting conditions with appropriate language.

  • Ensure gallery database information is always up to date and accurate.

  • Supporting in-house and external photography.

  • Offsite help for storage, client services, site visits, photography, and art fairs.

  • Recording movement of artworks on and off-site.

  • Locating artworks in storage areas.

  • Intercompany shipments between NY and London.

  • Complete any other ad hoc tasks and projects as necessary.

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in art handling in a gallery, auction house, artist, or museum setting including shipping, handling, packing, and storage.

  • Knowledge of best practices and materials for handling and packing artwork.

  • Must have a diverse understanding of different mediums and materials and experience installing a wide range of artworks, including large sculptures, media-based artworks, etc.

  • Ability to manage a personal busy workload and keep calm when under pressure

  • Proactive attitude with a willingness to learn

  • Proven problem-solving skills

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to be an ambassador for gallery

  • Ability to work creatively, effectively, and efficiently independently and as part of a team.

  • Experience working with databases & condition checking software

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)

  • Attention to detail

  • Valid driver’s license

How to Apply

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Posted on April 30