Movers & Shakers: Christie's Capera Ryan
December 22, 2018
Imagine being surrounded by amazing art every day, the sort of art that gets prime real estate at the world's top-shelf museums and galleries. But instead of gazing at a distance, you get to walk up thisclose and revel in the imagery, the brushstrokes, the colors. Now imagine you get paid to do this. That's the enviable job Capera Ryan, a bold-faced name in the global art business, has. As Deputy Chairman of Christie’s Americas, she's an art-world Who's Who, with over 20 years in the industry. Here, the Dallas native shares her story with us as well as tips on where to soak up the world's best art. Culture lovers, start booking those tickets now...
The one work of art that changed your life?When I was 14, my grandmother gave me a Warhol of Annie Oakley, from the Cowboys and Indians series. I think this was the moment that I really got the art bug. There is nothing like living with art and learning about the art that surrounds you.
Advice to those interested in pursuing a career in the arts?Take advantage of every opportunity, whether it’s an internship, visiting a gallery, museum or collection. The art world encompasses so many different avenues and, the more familiar you are with the different paths one can take, the better off you are in making decisions about what part of the art world you will find joy and fulfillment!
Best cities for great art...New York, London and Paris — each of these has incredible art museums. I always try and stop at each of the major museums when I am in town and catch the exhibitions... and, of course, any galleries that have fun exhibitions.
And what I recommend there...New York: The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum
Paris: Musée d'Orsay, as I sit on the Board of the American Friends of the Musée d'Orsay and it has a fabulous show of Picasso's Blue Period up now; the Louvre, and Yves Saint Laurent Museum
London: Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, Courtauld Institute, and the Wallace Collection