A professional artists' representative, who may or may not also be an art dealer ? someone involved in the buying and selling of art. This term might have been derived from the French galeriste, long used by top gallery workers in France to distinguish themselves from the mere marchand de tableaux, or picture merchant. Alternatively, perhaps it came from Germany, where galerist or galeristin denotes, respectively, a male or female gallery owner.Quote: "A fashionable new word is bubbling up in the New York art scene: gallerist, as a substitute for art dealer. Not, of course, just any art dealer. A gallerist is directly involved with the care and feeding of artists, rather than with the quick turnover of art objects." Grace Glueck, contemporary American art writer. "Old Business, New Name: Behold the Gallerist," New York Times, December 24, 2005. "A dealer is someone who buys and sells paintings, but doesn't deal with artists. Gallerists represent artists. It's a completely different activity." Barbara Gladstone, a New York City gallery owner, quoted by Grace Glueck in the article cited above.Also see appraisal, Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), collection, collector, commission, commodity and commodification, market value, and monetary worth.