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NYFA’s ‘Worst Job Ever’ Listing Is Far from the Only Bonkers Art World Job — See the Rest

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Those browsing the classified section on the New York Foundation of the Arts website last week may have stumbled on a posting for a full-time “Executive/Personal Assistant” for a “high-profile art couple.” It was dubbed the “the worst job ever” by the New York Times on Sunday.

The successful candidate, the listing said, would need “a high level of discretion” to take on the wide range of tasks, including being the caretaker of a child, dogs, chef, nannies, landscapers, housekeeper, and guests. While the official rundown of responsibilities may have seemed like a mission for a small army—not an individual—to those of us who have worked in the art world, it was hardly surprising.

(Full disclosure: this writer—working in the scene just two years shy of a decade—has experienced such demands in a number of different assistant roles.)

Though most job descriptions don’t often cite such menial tasks outright, among the art world it is often an unspoken requirement. In many jobs, it is the expectation that worker bees pick up any and all tasks hurled at them in the hopes of one day “making it.” This is hardly a one-off situation.

Below is a look at some of the other bad jobs offered over the last few years in the art world.

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