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Head Preparator
David Kordansky Gallery

Los Angeles, CA

David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA is seeking a full-time HEAD PREPARATOR

We are seeking a highly motivated, well organized, and team-oriented person who wants to be part of a rapidly growing, internationally renowned contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, CA. The Head Preparator position will be scheduled 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, but the applicant must be flexible and available outside of the designated days on an as needed basis. This is a managerial position, and the applicant is required to have extensive prior experience working as a preparator at either a contemporary art gallery or museum.

Main responsibilities:

  • Scheduling, training, and managing a preparatorial team in the following duties:
    • Installation, maintenance, and de-installation of artworks for exhibitions, art fair presentations, photo shoots, and private viewings
    • Proper packing of artworks for storage and outgoing shipments
    • Proper unpacking of artworks for condition reporting and installation
    • Receipt and release of artworks
    • Local collection and delivery of artworks
    • Proper construction of models for exhibitions and art fair presentations
    • Storage maintenance
    • Facilities maintenance, including, but not limited, to patching, painting, and general clean-up
  • Scheduling and oversight of general contractors, painters, electricians, and other independent contractors on an as needed basis
  • Preparation of installation instructions and diagrams.
  •  Acquisition, maintenance, and organization of all preparatorial supplies (for use at the gallery, off-site storage, and art fair presentations)


  • Extensive prior experience working as a preparator for a contemporary art gallery or museum
  • Knowledge of (and ability to) accurately install, maintain, and de-install artworks of a variety of mediums, including, but not limited to sculpture, painting, works on paper, photographs, video, ceramics, etc.
  • Prior experience installing and de-installing at art fairs preferred
  • Experience with Photoshop and other graphic and technical software preferred
  • High attention to detail
  • Able to efficiently lead and manage a team of preparators
  • Able to work independently
  • Capable of working successfully in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Superior crisis management skills
  • Excellent communication and written skills

Salary based on qualifications and experience. Please email a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Head Preparator” to NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.        

Address: 5130 W. Edgewood Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90019

Deadline: 09-12-2015

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