Reading between the lines from sputnik's posts though, I can only guess that the world of art is so up it's own a*** that to call someone who acts on behalf of another (i.e. an agent, by any accepted use of english) "an agent" is desparately uncool and shows your greenness.
(Also from reading between lines of above posts), I gather that sputnik's corner of the art galaxy uses the (infinitely more sensible, I'm sure) term "gallerist" in order to make sure that people know both (1) that it perhaps has something to do with things that occur in galleries (or perhaps on galleries), and (2) that people using this term are probably so full of the sense of their own importance that your day will be improved by avoiding them.
[only half-joking sputnik, so please don't take offence, but IMO it's this sort of branding and petty distinction that makes it easy for people to take the piss out of the art world today]
To be honest, I know the art world is a brutal existance but I'm really not bothered whether I'm cool or uncool as long as I find a frigging gallery to exhibit Tom's work so people will buy it - that's the object the game isn't it?
well, perhaps, Ivanhoe, but at the same time I am an art professional by trade. If someone from, or claiming to be from your own professional area started using self-descriptions that were frankly going to get them nowhere and get their clients a bad rep, then you might poke it about in a jokey way, no?
So..a gallerist is a very different beast from an agent. It's the difference between fine art and commercial art. Commercial art is mostly illustration - images commissioned for use, eg for magazines, brochures etc.
And by the way I am not being a snob here, I used to work as an illustrator.
...whilst we're at this English language assassination, are we to presume that the moniker 'Ivanhoe Returns' (albeit a fictional reference) should have us believe this is a better time than when you you had gone away?