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Meet Dr. Ted Vassilev of DTR Modern Galleries in Back Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Ted Vassilev.

Ted, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started my art career over 20 years ago with Christie’s in New York. While there, I began to realize that my passion for the art market was limitless and it inspired me to strike out with a business of my own. Prior to my time at Christie’s I had dabbled as a professor at Boston College and I believe that these origins as a scholar led to my early art history fascination with the Modern Masters and Renaissance. Thus I began the next part of my career as a private dealer representing works by Picasso, Rodin, and Giacometti (to name a few). In the late 1990’s, early 2000’s, I began to turn my focus to Warhol and his future market, which proved to be extremely successful and allowed me the freedom to spend more time investing in up-and-coming contemporary artists. My commitment to supporting these contemporary artists, while still dealing in modern and post-war masters, led to the establishment of DTR Modern Galleries as a venue to exhibit and market their works side by side.

Has it been a smooth road?
I have been extremely lucky to avoid any major “obstacles” in growing my galleries and have chosen to always view any hurdles that should come up as a challenge rather than a hindrance. When you invest and work hard in doing what you love, you will always persevere.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with DTR Modern Galleries – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Our collection includes museum-caliber works beginning with the Modern Masters to elite Post War, Pop, and Contemporary artists. Our mission with regards to our secondary market artists like Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Dali, to name a few, is to bring the most recognized works by the most celebrated artists at an accessible level to our collectors. For contemporary, we also represent a select group of emerging and mid-career artists from around the globe and take pride in helping them grow in recognition for their fresh, innovative voices and high-level of execution.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I began my gallery business here in Boston more than 12 years ago as I believed (and still do today) that it is one of the strongest local markets for our type of work, especially contemporary artists like Damien Hirst, Hunt Slonem, and Robert Longo. We have also noticed exponential growth over the last 5 years in Boston in regards to the influx of art lovers and collectors from around the world, who are visiting and making this city one of their homes.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 167 Newbury Street
    Boston 02116
  • Website:
  • Phone: 617-424-9700
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  • Instagram: dtrmodern
  • Facebook: dtrmodern

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Suzanne King/Lauren Nasella

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