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Investing in an Enduring Contemporary Art Collection
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Investing in an Enduring Contemporary Art Collection

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: Pace Gallery
537 West 24th Street
(bet. 10th-11th Aves.)
New York, New York  10011
United States
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According to the Art Basel/UBS 2018 art market report, the combined global sales of galleries, private dealers, art fairs and auctions reached $67 billion! While these high worth figures are extremely positive for everyone in the art world, this new level of intensity and diversity in the art market calls for smart and strategic methods on what, who and how to collect.

The accomplished panel of high-profile experts, moderated by international art advisor John Silvis, will share practical insights from their respective areas of expertise in the auction world (Sotheby’s), art and business journalism, the gallery scene and a collector of contemporary art. The collecting tools will apply to both new and experienced collectors by focusing on these topics:

•     Navigate the secondary market/auctions

•     Maximize exposure to global art fairs

•     Create personal parameters for collecting

•     Make smart investments in art

Panelists (see bios below):

Moderator: John Silvis, International Art Advisor

Stefania Bortolami, Gallery Owner, Bortolami Gallery

David Galperin, SVP-Head of Evening Sales, Contemporary Art, Sotheby's

Kelly Crow Hayes
Art and Business Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Francesco Longnecker, Art Dealer, Pace Gallery

Lisa Wirth, Collector, Advocate for Women Artists

DATE: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
TIME: 6:00–8.30 pm (Presentation is from 6:30-8.00 - network with participants and panelists before and after)
LOCATION: PACE Gallery, 537 W. 24th St., (bet. 10-11th Aves.), NYC
TICKETS: $45 CBSACNY members, $60 non-members; $80 at the door 

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Speaker bios for April 30 Pace Gallery panel discussion: 

John Silvis (Moderator)
John Silvis is a New York-based curator and art advisor. He received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and has been working in the art world for 20 plus years. In addition to producing independent exhibitions and publications in the United States, John Silvis has recently been researching contemporary art in South East Asia. He is actively advising private collections in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York and Vienna.

Stefania Bortolami
Stefania Bortolami studied Art History at University of Torino while studying for her master’s degree in Cultural Studies from Middlesex University, she attended Sotheby’s Institute in London for a Post-Graduate program in Contemporary Art and then worked for Sotheby’s London Valuation and Communication departments. Stefania has worked at and/or owned art galleries in Barcelona and London until 1999, when Larry Gagosian offered her a position at his flagship gallery on Madison Avenue in New York City. Since 2007, Ms. Bortolami has been the owner of Bortolami which is now located in Tribeca. For 14 years Bortolami has been successfully staging exhibitions, represents 25 internationally renowned artists, and participates in at least 7 International art fairs per year.

Kelly Crow
Kelly Crow is a staff reporter covering the art market for The Wall Street Journal. She reports on sales at auction houses including Sotheby’s and Christie’s as well analyzes the funding and art-buying activities of the world’s major museums, art fairs, artists and collectors around the world. Ms. Crow has covered the art market beat for the Journal since 2006. Before joining the Journal in 2005, she wrote for the New York Times. In 2000 she graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

David Galperin
David Galperin is the Senior Vice President and Head of Contemporary Art Evening Sales at Sotheby’s in New York. David graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a joint Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art.

Francesco Longenecker
Francesco Longenecker is a Director at Pace Gallery. He has previously worked at Cheim & Read Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery. He holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art.

Lisa Wirth
As a founder and serial entrepreneur, Lisa Wirth has built a career at the unique intersection of technology, the arts and design. Her background includes working as a senior executive for category disruptive start-ups, and founding an award-winning interior design practice and overseeing its operation for over a decade. Lisa's personal portfolio projects are directly engaged in helping women "take up space" — increasing the number of female founders (The Tenth House), and increasing the inclusion of women artists in private, corporate and institutional collections (Work in Progress). She works as the Director of Design at Homepolish, and holds BS and MS degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University.

This event was organized by Viktoria Prigarina ('07), San Tang ('06), and Maurice Triquet ('05) of the International Committee of CBSACNY. We'd like to thank our Moderator, John Silvis, for his assistance in coordinating the panel.

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