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Introduction

The Art Business Conference returns to New York in 2024, for a full day conference on May 23 followed by a brunch event 11-1pm on May 24 entitled, Learning Exchange: Collaborative, interdisciplinary and dynamic approaches to learning. 

For all those involved in buying, selling or caring for art, whether as a gallery owner, operations director, art advisor, studio manager, foundation, private collector, auctioneer or museum professional, this conference covers the key aspects of running an art business or collection.  

The first day (May 23) will focus on many of the operational aspects of running an art organization including leadership & management in the art world, the practical application of AI in art business, litigation, and the art of public engagement.  

The conference will include talks, Q&A panel discussions and workshops, where industry experts will share specialist advice and insight on the market from best practice to the latest updates in legislation and tech.  In the Business Pavilion, attendees can meet speakers and our exhibitors to continue the discussions and expand their art business network.   

Join us also on Friday May 24 (11-1pm) for our day two event: Learning Exchange: Collaborative, interdisciplinary and dynamic approaches to learning.

Learning Exchange will activate Hauser & Wirth's 18th Street location as a space for knowledge sharing, dialogues, partnerships, and collaborations to increase access to arts for all. We hope you can join us and experience what it feels like to participate and engage in art encounters in the gallery setting. The event is located at Hauser & Wirth , 443 W 18th St, 10011.

Ticket prices include entry to all sessions, breakfast networking, refreshments, lunch and post-conference networking drinks plus our Day 2 event (above).  Please be sure to confirm your attendance at both days on our application order form. 


Agenda

Thursday May 23, 2024 

8:45-9:15am: Coffee Welcome and networking in the Business Pavilion

9:15-9:20: Welcome by Julia Halperin, Conference Chair

9:20-10:10: The conference will open with our keynote panel on the state of the art market and reflections from the recent auction sales and art fairs in New York, with Bonnie Brennan (Christie's), Alex Glauber (APAA) and Sharon Chrust (Appraisers Association of America) and moderated by Margaret Carrigan (artnet)

10:10-10:20: Presentation: Insight-Driven Innovation: Convelio's AI Journey Enhancing Your Art Shipping by David Griffiths (Convelio) 

View David's presentation here

10:20-11:20: Con Artists: Discussions Around Fraud in the Art World

Have you ever wondered how international art fraud cases progress through the US judicial system? How long does it take? How do victims recover and what happens after fraudsters sell their stories? Attorneys Wendy Lindstrom and Sharon Cohen Levin dive into the workings of fraud investigation, indictment, 5th Amendment rights, seizure, sentencing, restitution and early release. 

Speakers: Wendy Lindstrom (Mazzola Lindstrom), Sharon Levin Cohen (Sullivan & Cromwell), Tara M. La Morte (U.S. Attorney's Office) 

11:20-11:50: Coffee & Networking Break in the Business Pavilion

11:50-12:50: AI: is there a use case for art business?

AI continues to dominate the headlines and as the governments respond to the potential challenges around AI, this panel will explore and identify the potential use case for AI for art business.  The conversation will focus on how and why machine learning works and how this can be used in the authentication process together with a relevant case study.  Our panel will explore how connoisseurship and market decisions can be enhanced by AI by looking at private and public market data, how to drive adoption in the art market, and what the primary threats/risks are to doing so. The session will also include the latest updates on legislation on generative AI.

Speakers: Jennifer Schipf (AXA XL), Lindsey Schneider (IFAR), Elizabeth von Habsburg (Winston Art Group), Denis Moiseev (Hephaestus) and Nanne Dekking (Artory) & Hanoch Sheps (Mazzola Lindstrom).

View Lindsey's presentation here. 


View Denis's presentation here


View Nanne's presentation here


View Hanoch's presentation here.

12:50-13:50: Networking lunch in the Business Pavilion

13:50-14:50: The Art of Public Engagement

Public engagement in the arts sector refers to a wide range of initiatives by artists, institutions, educators, programmers, policymakers, and communicators to engage audiences through and with art. These initiatives paint a wide and diverse landscape, as they directly respond to the complexity of the arts sector itself. Our panel conversation will bring together thought leaders from the charity, institution, foundation and education perspectives to explore the initiatives within New York that are proactively supporting public engagement in the visual arts.  The panel will discuss successes and opportunities where the public and private sector are able to strengthen public engagement and interaction with art and artists. 

Speakers: Laurie M Tisch (Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund), Calder Zwicky (Artistic Noise), Debbie Hillyerd (Hauser & Wirth), Rika Burnham (Columbia University) & Laval Bryant-Quigley (Brooklyn Museum)

View Laval's presentation here

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View Calder's presentation here

14:50-15:55: Leading Questions for the Art World

What is leadership in the art world today?  Key priorities and challenges. In what should be a lively panel discussion with active audience participation, we will discuss the demands, qualities and shifting landscape of leadership in today’s art world.  With business models changing, evolving audiences, shifting generational expectations from both clients and employees coupled with a complex cultural environment, today’s business owner, leader and manager is required to have a broad range of skills and approaches.  Cat Manson, Executive Coach, will ask the panel of leaders for their definitions, experiences and thoughts on priorities and best practice as we discuss the difference between management and leadership, alternative styles, and the key priorities facing executives and owners today.

Speakers: Amanda Lo Iacono (Phillips), Frank Lasry (FWL Consulting) and Cat Manson (Executive Coach & Consultant), Melissa Osterwind (SRI Fine Art Services) and Sam Pedder-Smith (Lehmann Maupin)

View Cat's presentation here.

15:55 - 16:15: Networking coffee break

16:15 - 16:20: Leading Questions for the Art World: networking coffee break regroup and findings

16:20 -17:00: The Future of Art MediaNews comes at us all from a dizzying variety of sources these days, with most of it consumed on the go via our phone screens. In an era when traditional news organizations compete with digital content creators for our limited time and attention, where can collectors and art professionals go for trusted news and information about the art world? Our panel of seasoned art writers and entrepreneurs will share how they navigate today’s unforgiving media environment, what collectors want to know about the art world, and what makes them optimistic about the future of art media. Speakers: Naomi Rea (artnet), Josh Baer (The Baer Faxt) and Ben Davis (artnet).

17:00: Closing remarks: Julia Halperin, Conference Chair

17:10-18:20 - Networking drinks in the Business Pavilion


Meet our Conference Chair

Julia Halperin 


Julia Halperin is an arts and culture journalist, editor, and co-founder of the Burns Halperin Report, the largest report of its kind tracking equity and representation in the art world. She is a contributor to the New York TimesW magazine, and the Financial Times, among other publications. She also serves as editor at large of CULTURED magazine and a contributing editor to The Art Newspaper, where she writes a monthly column about changes and challenges in American art museums. From 2017 to 2022, she was executive editor of ArtnetNews. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, New York magazine, and WIRED magazine.


Meet our speakers

Bonnie Brennan  


Bonnie Brennan heads Christie’s operations in the Americas, which accounts for 40 per cent of the brand’s global business. Since becoming president, she has overseen record-breaking sales, including iconic collections from Ann and Gordon Getty, Anne H. Bass, and Thomas and Doris Ammann. 

In 2022, Christie’s made history by auctioning Andy Warhol’s “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” for $195 million and selling the Estate of Paul G. Allen, which totaled over $1.62 billion. Under her tenure, annual sales in the Americas soared to $2.61 billion in 2021 and $4.55 billion in 2022, all while fostering discussions on social, cultural, and environmental matters. 

Brennan has led a strategy that heavily invests in technology and diversifying Christie's offerings. During her time as President, Christie’s has introduced an online bidding system and integrated a hybrid TV studio into the live auction room, launched Christie’s Ventures, Art Finance, and NFT sales. These efforts continue to attract a younger clientele that now makes up 64 per cent of collectors. Committed to diversity, Brennan and the Christie’s team have set auction records for more than 150 women artists and artists of color and restructured the internship program to be more inclusive. 

Before joining Christie’s, Bonnie spent 15 years at Sotheby's, where she specialized in client needs and estate-related issues. She is a Northwestern University graduate and serves on the boards of her high school alma mater, the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Michigan, and Calvary Hospital in The Bronx and America Media. 


Amanda Lo Iacono  


Amanda Lo Iacono was appointed Phillips’ Deputy CEO in January 2024.

With well-over a decade of experience in the arts and finance spheres, Amanda has played a pivotal role in spearheading Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art Department’s growth. Since joining the company in 2016, she held the roles of Business Manager, Head of Evening Sale, and Head of Department before being promoted to Global Managing Director for the 20th Century & Contemporary Art department in 2022.

Under her tenure, Phillips’ New York Evening Sales achieved numerous records and industry-leading sell-through rates in excess of 90% by lot and value. Underscoring Amanda’s relationships in the collecting community, she has consigned several important works by blue-chip artists, including Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Hepworth, Jean Dubuffet, Carmen Herrera, Damien Hirst, and Amy Sherald. 

In 2023, Amanda was responsible for spearheading the launch of Phillips’ Dropshop, an innovative new digital platform offering limited-edition releases of primary market art and objects in partnership with the artists, collaborators, and brands defining contemporary culture. Creators who are featured on Dropshop receive a resale royalty commission for any work purchased from the platform that is subsequently re-offered at Phillips—an industry first.

Prior to joining Phillips, she held specialist positions on Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary team during a period of record-breaking sales. In her time at Christie’s, she also spearheaded the expansion of Online Sales in Europe. 

Before to embarking on her career in the art world, Amanda was an Associate at J.P. Morgan Asset Management where she assisted in managing a portfolio of 20 funds in the Global Multi-Asset Group with assets under management of over $3.5 billion. 

Amanda gained a BA with Honours in History of Art from Oxford University and an MA with Distinction in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, where she focused on Modern and Postmodern art with specialization in Surrealism.


Naomi Rea  


Naomi Rea is the Acting Editor-in-Chief at Artnet News, where she leads a talented team of 18 individuals and collaborates with international freelancers to deliver breaking news, agenda-setting market analysis, must-read features, and engaging multimedia offerings to global audiences.  

Joining Artnet News in 2017, Naomi initially specialized in art and technology as well as the art market before becoming an editor. Throughout her tenure, she has consistently demonstrated strategic acumen in navigating the evolving landscape of arts journalism. 

Naomi holds dual master's degrees in Arts and Lifestyle Journalism from the London College of Communication, and in English Literature and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin. Outside of her work at artnet, she has lent her expertise to publications including The Guardian and Los Angeles Magazine, and has become a trusted voice in the field of arts and culture. 


Laval Bryant-Quigley  


Laval Bryant-Quigley is an accomplished professional rooted in New York culture, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her career endeavors. Beginning her academic pursuits with a scholarship at the prestigious Calhoun School, Laval later solidified her foundation in business by obtaining a degree from Brooklyn College. Her penchant for strategic thinking led her to earn two distinguished by invitation certifications in Business Strategy from McKinsey & Company and Cornell University, with a specialization in Marketing Strategy.

Over the course of her career, Laval has garnered recognition for her outstanding contributions, including being honored with the NYC Women in Tourism award in the Cultural Institution category. Demonstrating exceptional communication skills and effective leadership qualities, she notably thrived in her role as the Manager of Digital Audio Programming and Digital Media at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Driven by a strong commitment to community engagement, Laval transitioned her focus to the Brooklyn Museum, where she has showcased her diverse skill set in various capacities, playing a pivotal leadership role in notable marketing campaigns for exhibitions such as Christian Dior Designer of Dreams and Thierry Mugler: Couturissime. Currently holding the position of Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships within the innovative Learning and Social Impact department, Laval spearheads initiatives aimed at fostering connectivity and driving social progress.

Her primary objective is to catalyze economic development in local historical communities by creating synergies between cultural institutions and establishing a mobile Brooklyn Museum to reach underserved areas across the borough. Leveraging her extensive network in New York City and Brooklyn, Laval remains steadfast in her commitment to enhancing visibility, amplifying diverse voices, and cultivating inclusive spaces that spark positive societal transformation.


Sam Pedder-Smith  

Sam Pedder-Smith is the Global Director of Finance at Lehmann Maupin.

Based in New York, Sam is responsible for all financial, accounting, and business analysis processes across multiple international locations in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In addition, Sam oversees the company's human resources department. Sam plays a key role in strategic planning, investing, and commercial decision-making at Lehmann Maupin and ensures strong relationships are maintained between the finance team and artists, vendors, staff, and clients.

Sam has nearly 15 years of experience in the arts industry, predominantly in the Auction sector where he served as Chief Financial Officer for the Americas at Bonhams. For over a decade, Sam also held various roles within finance at Christie’s in both the United Kingdom and New York. As Finance Director at Christies,he led the global Financial Planning & Analysis team for the art departments.

Prior to working in the arts industry, Sam qualified as an accountant at KPMG in the United Kingdom, where he worked in practice supporting M&A due diligence. Sam holds a BSc in Politics and Economics and MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.



Laurie M. Tisch  


Laurie M. Tisch is the President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, which aims to increase access and opportunity for all New Yorkers and foster healthy, vibrant communities. Ms. Tisch’s philanthropy stems from her family’s legacy of giving in New York City, from years of experience serving on boards, building institutions, and developing partnerships, and from an engaged civic life.

She is a former Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art and former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, serves on the Board of Directors at The Juilliard School, and is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute. She is also a co-owner and member of the Board of Directors of the New York Football Giants. She and her daughters Emily Tisch Sussman and Carolyn Tisch Blodgett are among the owners of Gotham FC, the NY/NJ National Women’s Soccer League team.

Ms. Tisch is Chair Emeritus of the Center for Arts Education and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). Ms. Tisch led CMOM’s transformation and expansion from a neighborhood-based storefront into a citywide institution that is now recognized as a national leader in health, education, and the arts.

 

 Currently, she is co-chairing a capital campaign to build a new home for CMOM on Central Park West and 96th Street, which will also become a base for their citywide programs serving families in the shelter system and incarcerated mothers and fathers and their children.

Ms. Tisch is a recipient of many awards for philanthropy and public service and received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University. She was presented the Key to the City of New York at Gracie Mansion and was twice named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women by Crain’s New York Business. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from New York Foundation for the Arts and was honored with the United Way of New York City’s 10th Anniversary Power of Women to Make a Difference Award and by the New York Women’s Foundation. She has also received the Lincoln Center Distinguished Service Award. 


Margaret Carrigan  

Margaret Carrigan joined Artnet News as News Editor, based in London, in January and she writes weekly about the art market in The Back Room, Artnet’s subscriber-only industry insider newsletter. Previously, she was the senior editor and deputy art market editor at The Art Newspaper. She has been covering arts and culture for more than a decade and has contributed to publications such as the Observer, Frieze, and Cultured, among others. She holds an MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in English from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana



Alex Glauber  

Alex Glauber is an art advisor, curator, and educator based in New York. He is the founder and principal of AWG Art Advisory, where he works with private individuals, corporations, and institutions in the conceptualization, building and management of fine art collections. Previous to founding AWG Art Advisory in 2009, Glauber served as an assistant curator for the Lehman Brothers and Neuberger Berman art collections from 2006 to 2009. In that role, he focused on the acquisition of works by emerging to mid-career contemporary artists, and installed throughout the firm’s worldwide offices. Glauber has curated monographic and thematic group exhibitions at venues as varied as the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, Phillips auction, and Bryant Park, as well as at galleries such as Lisson Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Chapter NY, Dickinson, David Lewis Gallery, and Casey Kaplan. Glauber holds a BA in Art History from Bowdoin College and an MA in Arts Administration from NYU. He has served on the faculty of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and developed courses for the Art Business program on the art market and collection building and management. Glauber has lectured on the art market and collecting strategies at Tsignhau University in Beijing, the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, the Rubell Collection in Miami, and a variety of financial institutions. He is a board member of the The Brooklyn Rail and the president of the APAA (Association of Professional Art Advisors).


Sharon Chrust    

Sharon Chrust is an independent art appraiser and advisor; in 2003 she founded Sharon Chrust & Associates. She is a Certified member of the Appraisers Association of America with a specialization in Post-War, Contemporary and Emerging Art, and is the Immediate Past President of the Board of the organization. She is an instructor for the AAA CASP program teaching “Appraisal Writing Workshop” since 2016; prior to CASP she taught the class, as an adjunct instructor, at New York University.  Sharon Chrust has been President of the Board of a non-profit arts space, Franklin Street Works, and director of the Waterside Art Gallery, both located in Stamford, CT.  Sharon has participated in a number of national and international panels, and discussions on art and art appraising, in cities as diverse as Shanghai, New York City, Greenwich, and Sarasota, and has been quoted in articles in Artnews, and Artsy. She has a Masters in Art History from Hunter College, and a BA from Boston University.


Debbie Hillyerd  


Debbie Hillyerd is Hauser & Wirth’s Senior Director of Learning, overseeing the development of global learning, philanthropy and charitable projects across the organization. Prior to this, Hillyerd lectured at Bath Spa University, University of the West of England, Northbrook College and Loughborough University in the UK, teaching Critical Studies, Fine Art and Curatorial Practice. Her career in education spans over 30 years, during this time she has written and consulted for various international institutions in the education sector.

Photo credit: Daniel Schäfer 



Jennifer Schipf 

Jennifer Schipf is AXA XL’s Global Chief Underwriter for Fine Art & Specie. In this role she is responsible for setting worldwide strategy, Underwriting guidelines and ultimate profitability. She’s been dedicated to the highly specialized market of fine art underwriting for nearly twenty years and helped establish the AXA Art Prize. She previously led the organization’s North American Fine Art & Specie team while also serving as leader of Broker and Client Management for North American Specialty.  Prior to joining AXA XL in 2008, she led the US Fine Art underwriting practice at another carrier and held various roles in claims, settling losses and performing loss control assessments for private collector clients. 

She started her career with a research position in the Old Master Drawings department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. followed by development roles at both the Chazen Museum and Tandem Press, in Madison, WI.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Economics from Georgetown University with a concentration in the Italian Renaissance and Patronage of the Papacy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is actively engaged in various arts organizations, teaches fine art underwriting courses and regularly participates in industry educational conferences. 


Wendy Lindstrom 

Founding partner of Mazzola Lindstrom, a firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles and both national and global reach, Wendy Lindstrom draws upon 25 years’ experience as a seasoned litigator, bringing deep industry knowledge to her practice. She is a leading lawyer in the field of art law and is highly regarded for her expertise, providing specialized counsel on art law, cultural property issues, intellectual property, antiquities, jewelers block, transportation, cargo, international and interstate commerce as well as complex commercial transactions.

Wendy’s competency, discretion and client-focused approach is sought out by institutional and private clients alike, comprising the sector’s leading museums, auction houses, galleries, collectors, advisers, artists, and dealers. She has overseen some of the most high-profile cases in the art world, achieving multi-million dollar recoveries for her clients. Wendy has successfully transacted and litigated domestic and international disputes concerning art, antiques, antiquities, stamps, rare wines, watches, jewelry, collectibles, yachts, NFTs and specie markets including fraud and damage. She drafts and negotiates loan agreements, consignment agreements, bills of sale, artist dealer agreements, fine art logistics agreements, terms and conditions and many other types of art related contracts.

Wendy is regularly called upon by noteworthy media publications for commentary on art law and is a frequent participant in speaking engagements lending her industry expertise on panels and conferences. In 2023 she was named a top lawyer on the ArtNews Top Art Professionals List. Her commitment to the sector is exemplified by her service and affiliation to several not-for-profit arts groups including Art Table, POW Arts, the International Foundation for Art Research and the Maritime Law Association. Wendy is an avid contemporary art collector and has been instrumental in building the firm’s corporate collection in addition to her own private collection.


Tara M. La Morte

 Tara M. La Morte is currently Chief of the Illicit Finance & Money Laundering Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), as well as an Asset Forfeiture Coordinator.  She previously served as a line assistant in that unit.  In those roles, Tara has supervised and conducted numerous investigations and prosecutions relating to international money laundering, fraud, sanctions, and corruption, including matters under the Bank Secrecy Act, International Economic Emergency Powers Act, and Title 18 offenses.  She has experience handling cross-border matters and coordinating with U.S. and foreign regulators on transnational financial matters.  In addition, she has substantial experience in both criminal and civil forfeiture matters.  Prior to serving in the SDNY’s Criminal Division, Tara served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the SDNY’s Civil Division and as a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Department of Justice.  In both positions she worked on a number of complex affirmative and defense matters, including class actions, bankruptcy, program litigation, and fraud matters.  


Elizabeth von Habsburg

Elizabeth von Habsburg is Managing Director of Winston Art Group, the largest independent art advisory and appraisal firm in the US.  The firm’s 75 specialists cover all areas of fine and decorative art through US offices in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Charlotte, NC, Palm Beach, Denver, Houston, and Los Angeles, and worldwide representation in London, Geneva and Tel Aviv.  Prior to Winston Art Group, Elizabeth was President of the US operations of an international appraisal firm for 18 years, and before that, she was VP of Habsburg Auctioneers.  She started her career at Christie’s as AVP in charge of the Appraisal department.  

Elizabeth was a Board Member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) from 2003-2015 and was a 2008-2015 Trustee and 2014 Chair of The Appraisal Foundation in Washington, DC.  She is a Fellow of the Morgan Library and of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and a member of ArtTable, Inc.  She is a member of the Women Presidents Organization Platinum Chapter 8 and the NY Chapter 3.  Elizabeth is a Director of the Kunstadter Family Foundation and was on the Board of Trustees of Christie’s Education through 2020.  She is on the Board of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) as of 2023. 

She has qualified as expert witness in Fine Art and Decorative Art in the New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Florida, and Texas courts, and lectures worldwide on all aspects of art.  

Elizabeth is Certified by AAA in Modern and Impressionist art and European Furniture and Works of Art, and is compliant with USPAP.  In addition to numerous articles, she revised four Antiques Hunters Guides (2000-2001), contributed to “Fine Art and High Finance” (2009), and to the AAA’s Appraisal Handbook (2012), which she is revising for a new edition to be published in 2024.  In 2015, she was named one of the Fifty Most Influential Women in Private Wealth, by Private Asset Management.


Melissa Osterwind

Melissa Osterwind is the President of SRI Fine Art Services, an art logistics firm servicing the New York Metropolitan area.  SRI Fine Art Services provides art transportation, installation, service, and global shipping services for artist studios, galleries, museums, foundations, and private collectors.  Melissa serves on the Steering Committee of ICEFAT – the international trade organization representing art logistics professionals.  A trailblazer and advocate for women in the logistics industry, Melissa won the everywoman’s International Inspiration Award in 2023 for her work in the sector.  An avid lover of art and artists, Melissa serves as a Trustee at the Bronx Museum and Project for Empty Space.  She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University, with a concentration in finance.  


Josh Baer

Josh Baer holds an unrivaled position in the art business as a trusted art advisor to world-class collectors, having completed over $500m worth of transactions.  Since 2020, with the support of investors LionTree and collector Glenn Fuhrman, The Baer Faxt has grown exponentially in size and scope. Josh now delivers The Baer Faxt’s news and commentary in a variety of formats that supplement the core newsletter, including video, podcast, live streaming and social media formats. In 2021, he introduced The Baer Faxt Art Advisory, a membership service that offers collectors individualized guidance and consultation. As the Baer Faxt enters its 30th year, Josh and his extended global team of art market experts continue to develop new content and advisory offerings to meet the needs of today’s art collectors.

Art, artists, and the art market are in Josh’s DNA; his mother is the pioneering Minimalist artist Jo Baer. His early career as a gallerist began at White Columns Gallery in New York, where he was director from 1979-83, before opening his own gallery in 1985, where he represented the artists Chris Burden, Lorna Simpson, Nancy Spero, and Leon Golub, among others. In 1994, seeing a need for an experienced insider’s view of the art market, he launched The Baer Faxt Newsletter, a first-of-its-kind news source for the art market. In 1996, he began tracking auction house transactions, ultimately recording more than 12,000 data points for what would become The Baer Faxt Auction Database – a trusted resource for buyer and underbidder data.


Denis Moiseev


Denis Moiseev founded Hephaestus in 2018 with the mission of eliminating forgery and misattribution from the art market. An academic background in art history (MA, Birkbeck, University of London) and experience researching and attributing works on behalf of galleries and museums, provided insight into the complexities and limitations of authentication, especially in the context of sophisticated forgery. Hephaestus uses traditional forms of analysis – provenance research, connoisseurship, and scientific analysis – in combination with new technology, including algorithms that identify key characteristics invisible to the naked eye, to provide the highest evidentiary standard in the authentication of art. The company works with museums, galleries, private collectors and law enforcement to authenticate artworks and identify forgeries, and its work has recently been highlighted in a BBC documentary: The Zaks Affair: Anatomy of a Fake Collection


Sharon Levin Cohen


Sharon Cohen Levin is co-head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s National Security Practice and a partner in the Firm’s Criminal Defense and Investigations Group. She is a leading expert in anti-money laundering (AML), Bank Secrecy Act, economic sanctions, asset forfeiture and matters relating to stolen and looted art and cultural property.

Sharon represents a diverse group of clients, including financial institutions, multinational companies, and individuals, primarily in white-collar and regulatory enforcement defense, internal investigations, and compliance counseling. She also represents collectors, dealers, non-profit organizations, universities, financial institutions, galleries, auction houses and governments on a variety of matters related to the art market, including issues of ownership, theft, fraud, authenticity and breach of contract, as well as in criminal investigations and asset forfeiture proceedings.


Sharon is a former federal prosecutor and led the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for two decades. Under her leadership, the SDNY was responsible for nearly 60% of all forfeitures in the United States, with most of the proceeds remitted to victims of crimes. Her track record of success inspired Forbes to call her “The Babe Ruth of Forfeiture.” She was the lead prosecutor responsible for securing a settlement in the watershed “Portrait of Wally” forfeiture case, which centered on an oil painting stolen by Nazis from a Jewish woman in 1938—a story that was later made into a documentary. 

As an internationally renowned leader in her field, Sharon has provided training to U.S. and foreign governments and private and public companies and served on numerous occasions as a keynote speaker, panelist or lecturer at events related to money laundering, asset forfeiture, AML and sanctions compliance, art law, terrorist financing, and other related topics.


Nanne Dekking 

The art historian, Nanne Dekking, is the founder and CEO of Artory Inc., New York and Artory GmbH, Berlin with 25+ years of global expertise and influence in the art market. Artory is a world leader in physical artwork tokenization and the blockchain-secured registration of verified provenance information about artworks and collectibles. In his former position at Sotheby’s New York, Nanne was Vice Chairman and the Worldwide Head of Private Sales. His close relationships with collectors and museums in North America, Asia, and Europe were integral to the continued growth of private sales at Sotheby’s. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Nanne was Vice President of Wildenstein & Co. Nanne advised individuals, museums, and foundations on the formation and development of their collections.

Nanne began his career in the Netherlands as Assistant Curator to the Royal Collections of the House of Orange. From 1996-2001, Nanne was the founder and principal of Nanne Dekking Fine Arts, an art consultancy firm and gallery in New York with a specialty in provenance research and due diligence. He was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) through June 2020 and is a current advisory board member of the Responsible Art Market Initiative.

Nanne regularly provides his insights on the art market, art technology, and art and collectibles tokenization for publications such as Bloomberg and The Financial Times


Hanoch Sheps 

Hanoch Sheps is a distinguished Counsel at Mazzola Lindstrom, with a wealth of experience and a reputation for delivering exceptional advocacy. His practice focuses on Art Law, Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Insurance practices. Hanoch’s extensive experience allows him to provide unbiased counsel to all stakeholders in the art world. He represents domestic and international commercial businesses, including art galleries, fine art insurers, auction houses, artists, private collectors, art advisors and fine art transporters and storage facilities. Demonstrating a track record of quality advocacy, Hanoch ensures equitable and cost-effective solutions for his clients, regardless of their position in the art industry. With a robust background in insurance law, Hanoch is adept at managing high-stakes, and multimillion-dollar claims. His extensive experience in subrogation and coverage determinations, combined with a keen understanding of broker liability and bad faith claims, empowers his clients to navigate complex insurance matters with confidence. Hanoch’s approach to dispute resolution is rooted in pragmatism. Understanding the nuances of the art world, he guides his clients with a keen awareness of the industry’s risk tolerances, practices and philosophies. By focusing on business considerations and practical implications, Hanoch ensures that his clients’ decisions align with their unique objectives and protect their best interests. Beyond the courtroom, Hanoch plays a pivotal role in guiding clients through a wide array of commercial transactions. From fine art consignment, private sale and artist representation agreements to Bills of Lading, warehouse receipts and storage agreements, from independent contractor agreements and service level agreements to website terms and conditions, Hanoch provides comprehensive legal guidance. His emphasis on practical commercial solutions enables clients to make informed choices that drive success in the art world, whether those clients are emerging artists or secondary market dealers handling blue chip art.


Rika Burnham 


Rika Burnham is a museum educator, leading theorist, and passionate advocate for the experience of art. Currently Lecturer at Columbia University, she was previously Head of Education at the Frick Collection, Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Project Director for TIME/Teaching Institute for Museum Education at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by MassArt and twice named a Getty Museum Scholar. Through workshops, conference presentations, and publications, including her important pedagogical text Teaching in the Art Museum, Burnham has influenced the praxis of art museum educators and docents across the country.


Frank Lasry

Born in France and raised between France and Morocco, Frank Lasry studied Business Management before working as a commodity trader. After an MBA in 2002,he joined Christie's and worked in several managerial positions in Paris, London, Dubai, and Hong Kong in Operations and Business Management. In 2015, he joined Phillips, in London, as Chief Operating Officer, then joined Art Basel in charge of all operations, financial management and huma resources. Within Art Basel, Frank led the launch of Art Basel in Paris. 

A senior leader with experience in operations management, financial management and business strategy, his expertise lies in international team management, new business launch, large-scale project leadership and execution and M&A projects. Frank has an extensive experience working across Europe, New York, Middle-East and Asia. 


Calder Zwicky



Calder Zwicky is the Executive Director of Artistic Noise, a Harlem-based nonprofit that works to build community with system-impacted young people through the empowering and therapeutic potential of the arts. Artistic Noise runs a variety of paid arts-based programs for young adults, including yearly youth art shows, a weekly alternatives-to-incarceration initiative at Midtown Community Justice Center, and a free therapeutic drop-in program at the School of Visual Arts. Prior to his role at Artistic Noise, Calder worked as the Assistant Director for Teen and Community Partnerships at the Museum of Modern Art, a role that oversaw programming for a wide-range of nonprofit organizations working with court-involved youth, post-incarcerated adults, HIV/AIDS organizations, refugee service groups, drug treatment facilities, and more. He has worked for a variety of museums and arts institutions throughout his career including the Walker Art Center, the Queens Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.



David Griffiths



David Griffiths, Convelio's Chief Product Officer (CPO), brings over 13 years of expertise in supply chain technology. His passion for innovation in logistics led him to excel in roles spanning warehouse management, enterprise order management, freight forwarding, transportation management, sourcing, compliance, and tracking. David holds a degree in Mathematics and gained valuable insights during his tenure at prominent companies such as Manhattan Associates, EV Cargo, and project44, earning accolades for his contributions to supply chain technology and logistics optimisation. His strategic leadership and deep industry knowledge drive Convelio's product development initiatives, ensuring tailored solutions for shipping delicate and valuable artworks.


Lindsey Schneider



Lindsey Schneider is Executive Director of the International Foundation for Art Research in New York. A scholar of Renaissance and Baroque art, she has over two decades of management experience at institutions including The Bard Graduate Center, American Academy in Rome, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received a B.A. with honors from Tulane University, an M.A. and Ph.D. from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Lindsey is also an adjunct professor in Columbia’s art history department.


Cat Manson


Cat Manson is a qualified Executive Coach who specializes in supporting leaders in the art world and those navigating career change.  Previously she served as Chief of Staff to the CEO and as Global Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Christie’s. Over her tenure, she worked with five Chief Executives over 25 years and several management teams. Cat was one of the youngest women to be appointed a Senior Director at the auction house and has long campaigned for better access, equality, and talent retention. She led two task forces, focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion whose recommendations resulted in the introduction of significantly improved and creative global support policies. www.catmanson.com

In 2020, Cat co-founded of Art Market Mentors, a global cross-industry mentoring program promoting support and access in the commercial art world. To date, the mentoring scheme has engaged with over 5,000 individuals and matched nearly 500 mentoring partnerships internationally.



Ben Davis



Ben Davis is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Haymarket, 2013), which ARTnews named one of the best art books of the decade in 2019, and Art in the After-Culture(Haymarket, 2022), which was named an art book of the year by the New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement. He has been Artnet News's National Art Critic since 2016. His writings have also been featured in The New York Times, New York MagazineThe BafflerSlate, e-Flux JournalFrieze, and many other venues. In 2019, Nieman Journalism Lab reported that he was one of the five most influential art critics in the United States. He lives in Brooklyn.




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