Patrick REGAN 任智明
Since I left China in 2006, my art career has found me working as a gallerist, auction specialist, consultant and appraiser. Currently I spend most of my time with private clients, working with their art collections, helping them build and edit. I also have a few organizations and artists I consult with on occasion and teach two classes on the art market at New York University. This past year, the appraisal side of my business has taking up more and more of my time and I am finding myself enjoying it. All these roles help to give me a balance between the social, business and academic sides of my personality. Also, working independent allows for some flexibility to spend more time with my wife two small children. Always very important!
What books are currently on your bedside table?
I have a short attention span, so I am usually reading several things at once. Right now I have been going over the Magnus Resch book “Management of Art Galleries”. There is a lot of very good, if not well-received, insights and information in there. I also have been chipping away at Damien Ma’s In Line Behind a Billion People. It’s about the challenges of different scarcities in China and how they will affect growth. Damien is a friend and quite brilliant. A fascinating read. Of course it is not all work related. I have an endless queue of pulp historical and science fiction novels I consume regularly!
What was the last gift you gave someone?
My son and I baked a batch of cookies for our barber the other day. Gave the chance for my 4-yr-old to see how fun it is to give a gift to someone you spent time on. He was so excited; she loved it; and we had a blast in the kitchen!
When do you feel the most free?
Whenever I am enjoying time with my family and can forget about work. Also, when I schedule appointments I make sure to leave some time to just walk around whatever city I’m in with nowhere particular to go. Manhattan, Beijing, Hong Kong… Not always possible, but always enjoyable. Mind and body out for a walk.
What is your view on money?
Being raised without much of it… I’ve learned to respect it and work hard for it. While it’s true that money doesn’t buy happiness, it certainly can buy the things that help you find it! Most importantly: time, travel, and security. We are trying to show the importance of financial intelligence to our children, without making everything about money. A fine line sometimes!