What is your role at Bridgeman?
I am a North American Inside Sales Representative and Account Manager for our Business Development Sectors, based out of Bridgeman's New York Office. I joined Bridgeman immediately after graduating from my Master’s program, and since then I have been working with both our existing customers and with new clients to help them find exactly what they’re looking for. In a single day, I may work on projects ranging from television series to online museum exhibitions; from advertising campaigns to newspaper articles; from limited edition art publications to digital art frames.
What do you love most about the job?
Before joining Bridgeman Images, I had worked in architecture, art museums, art galleries, and creative non profits. Working here allows me to pursue my passion in arts and culture while having the best of all of those worlds! I love how diverse our projects are, and it’s always exciting to use my art background and knowledge to work with clients and best introduce clients to the perfect asset for their needs. I also love discovering new artists through our Studio program— I’m constantly kept on my toes as we add new and exciting content to the archive.
What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?
I think that new clients often come into this process overwhelmed and uncertain about image licensing and copyright, and what exactly that means. Our goal is always to make the process as smooth as possible, and I always want our clients to feel that with our assistance there’s no reason to feel intimidated. It’s great to hear clients tell us that they’re looking forward to their next project, whatever their needs may be!
Mada Primavesi, Gustav Klimt
If I think about my love for art, I owe it to my grandmother, who brought me to a different New York museum every weekend when I was growing up. We would often visit the same works many times, and stay for hours while I sketched and observed. For as long as I can remember, "Mäda Primavesi" was my favorite painting in all of New York. While I can't go visit the painting in person for now, Bridgeman's archived image is a great way to get my art fix in in the meantime.
Tuesday, Leonora Carrington
Before I was old enough to know that my grandmother was acquainted with many of the female surrealists, including Carrington, I was always enchanted by this work. Though I didn't understand the concept of surrealism at the time, this painting evoked the fairytales and folklore that I was told. As an adult, I appreciate the fact that in a way Carrington did craft her own fairytales by not allowing her artistic practice to be eclipsed by that of her partner, Max Ernst.
Ceremonial Hat for Eating Bouillabaisse, Eileen Agar
This image of Eileen Agar, who my grandmother also spoke with throughout the years, is one of my favorite photographs of a female surrealist. Agar's "Ceremonial Hat for Eating Bouillabaisse" was originally created for her breakthrough surrealist show, but made appearances again throughout the years in everything from artist portraits to interviews with fashion reporters. I think that the work captures the unique sense of humor that was underlying many of the surrealists' works, which acknowledged the uncanny and bizarre in our every-day lives.
The Empire Of Lights, Rene Margritte
A leading surrealist, known for his uncanny works, Magritte has never ceased to capture my imagination. Though this work appears to be a normal neighborhood scene at first glance, upon further viewing the juxtaposition of night and day reveals the painting’s own improbability. In speaking about his work, Magritte explained, “Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” Perhaps the most important lesson my grandmother taught me was just this: our world would not be complete without art’s ability to create non-verbal poetry, for all of the mysteries that can never be put into words.
Video Clip: Dali at work and with wife Gala, 1950s or 1960s
Something that I love about searching for footage within the Bridgeman archives is finding insights into artists at work in their day to day lives. This clip is great because it shows not only Salvador Dali's work in progress, but other elements around his home with his wife Gala in their Costa Brava property in Spain. I love seeing the ways that their entire abode was a work of art in a way, and many of the decorations found their way into Dali's actual work.