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Abigail Goodman

Abigal Goodman at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Abigal Goodman at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Age 36

Occupation Independent curator

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Residence Cambridge

Did you change the way you dressed when you transitioned from gallery owner to independent curator?

Being at the gallery was like being on a stage; people were interested in my aesthetic, from what was on the walls to my person. I wore heels all the time. Behind the scenes at a museum, or in my office, I definitely do not.

You’re in a field known for creative expression. Still, are there rules?

Don’t compete with the art. When taking clients to galleries or art fairs, I need to look sharp, but I don’t want to be what they’re focusing on.

Is your approach to shopping for clothing similar to shopping for art?

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I prefer to buy one thing of better quality than 20 of lesser. And I like pieces with staying power.

Can you size up people’s taste in art by what they’re wearing?

It’s definitely one more piece of data.

What’s the last thing you purchased?  

A Rochas bucket bag from Serenella. It’s perfect for Art Basel — a perfect blend of functionality and aesthetics.  — M.E.K.

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