Fascinated by the art world from a young age, Sibylle Rochat cut her art dealer teeth at Christie’s in New York before funding the SAKS gallery in Geneva. Today she is an art dealer, curator and director at Paddle8. We asked her to guide us around her city – with her strongest sense leading the way.
‘‘I start at the Carlos/Ishikawa gallery in east London. A short stroll from there is the Union Pacific gallery: a great new space with a wonderful programme. I love to wander the streets around the area, searching for African fabrics in tiny boutiques.
Then I jump in a taxi to veteran gallerist and local talent discoverer, Jonathan Viner. Next door is Kate MacGarry’s gallery, I recently saw a great Max Lamb show there. For lunch and people-watching, I settle into a booth at Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. Next, I go to Cambridge Heath Road to visit Campoli Presti and Laura Bartlett. Ten minutes’ walk from there I end up with a drink in hand at The Approach, a gallery above a beautiful old pub.’’
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