Nienke van der Wal has been a pivotal figure in the cultural world for well over 15 years: from visual arts to theatre and from music to dance. In addition to her consultancy work, she is director of the Art Projects Amsterdam Foundation, which initiated the Young Collectors Circle, a successful platform for starting art collectors that is currently expanding to Belgium. Nienke knows all the ins and outs of the international art world because of her countless trips to international art fairs, museums and cultural institutions with the Young Collectors Circle and for various clients. Anyone who has ever attended her debates and lectures won’t easily forget her flamboyant personality and her great sense of humour. Nienke is committed to the cause and with great precision, expertise, creativity and enthusiasm she uses her network for others and that is to her credit. Spoiler: as far as her own art collection is concerned, female artists with an activist message have an edge.
For GalleryViewer, Nienke compiled the collection "10 works on paper", which she substantiates as follows:
“Paper is a medium which, by its nature, is much faster, more direct and spontaneous than, for example, an oil painting. In works on paper you can therefore clearly see the signature of the artist, which is something that really appeals to me. One of the tips that we often share at the Young Collectors Circle is that work on paper is more affordable than, for example, an oil painting by the same artist. This makes works by artists whose paintings may be beyond your budget considerably more accessible.’’ More information about buying and presenting work on paper can be found in the article Masterclass Drawings that I wrote earlier for Gallery Viewer.