Art Business Conference Set to Launch in New York This Spring

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  • February 26, 2017

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The Art Business Conference launches on April 4, 2017 at 10 on the Park at Time Warner Centre. Building on the success of its previous three editions in London, the one day conference for art market professionals offers insight from leading industry experts from the worlds of art, business and technology to provide insight and market knowledge on key factors affecting the global art market. The Art Business Conference comprises a full day of informative plenary sessions, Q&As and lively panel discussions, all in the heart of Manhattan.
For the inaugural New York conference, speakers comprise of lawyers, art advisors, auctioneers, press, insurers and gallerists including Azmina Jasani (Constantine Cannon), Craig Davies (Rawlinson & Hunter), Matthew Girling (Bonhams), Lisa Schiff (Schiff Fine Art), Marc Sands (Christie’s), Mary Pat Kohberger, Micaela K Saviano, Helen Cousineau (Deloitte), Diana Wierbicki (Withers), Natasha Fekula (XL Catlin), Ellen Ross (Arthur J Gallagher), Wendy Lindstrom (Messner Reeves), Jesse Ringham (SUTTON), Sebastian Cwilich (Artsy), Julian Radcliffe (Art Loss Register), Nanne Dekking (Artory), JiaJia Fei (Jewish Museum), and Richard Nicholson and Robert Salmon (Willis Towers Watson). Georgina Adam (The FT and Art Newspaper) will be returning as chair and Judd Tully (Blouin Artinfo), Adriano Picinati di Torcello (Deloitte) and Jennifer Schipf (XL Catlin) will moderate.
Already established as the UK’s leading platform for the discussion of key issues in today’s international art market, the conference brings together industry experts from all facets of the art world, providing a time-efficient, 360-degree perspective on major developments within the trade. The Art Business Conference coaches in the successful navigation of the global art market, and offers the opportunity to establish new contacts in the industry. Following its success in London, the Art Business Conference is delighted to be launching in New York, with numerous participants from the UK and US.

The event program includes:
•             NYLON – The New York and London art markets, post-election and post-Brexit: what does the future hold?
With an increasing number of art businesses operating between the two jurisdictions, the opening session covers the different considerations within New York and London regarding tax and the law, exploring the advantages and challenges of running a business in these two cities - with perspectives from both sides.
•             250 years of selling art – What would James Christie make of our digital world? 
Marc Sands provides insight into how digital innovation is changing Christie’s. With online sales at Christie’s up by more than 100% on last year, engagement with the digital realm is an increasingly important part of the auction house’s growth, bringing with it some surprising advantages.
•             Free ports and the art market – What does the future hold?  
Experts from Deloitte and Withers discuss the growing demand for fine art storage services and developments in the US market.
•             Walking the tightrope – Privacy vs Transparency
In the wake of recent scandals involving forgery, tax evasion and money laundering, there are growing calls for more transparency in the art market. At the same time, client confidentiality is a strong consideration. This panel looks at how to balance the legitimate need to protect buyers’ and sellers’ interests in complying with the law and improving industry standards – and how this might be done in practice.
•             Risk Management in the Art Market – prevention and lessons learned…
This panel discussion brings together insurance specialists to offer a 360-degree perspective on commercial art business insurance and its complexities. Including coverage and relevant case studies the panel explores the legal ramifications of claims, subrogation efforts and renewal pricing implications.
•             The Art of Risk Management and Litigation – prevention, lessons learned and subrogation
Bringing together an Insurance Broker, Underwriter, Claims Manager and Attorney, this panel discussion offers a 360 perspective on fine art insurance and its complexities, including coverage, claims and subrogation. It explores the process of filing claims, adjusting claims, document retention, subrogation / litigation procedures, loss ratios and renewal pricing implications.
•             Digital innovation for art businesses
A panel discussion on digital innovation for art businesses, exploring the future of digital in the art market and the growing importance of content, plus a practical guide on how to maximise digital visibility.
•             Cyber-crime and the protection of digital art
The session will address the legal concerns around digital art: How and to what extent does the vulnerability of the digital environment impact on an artist’s moral rights?  What is the position of an artist when the multi-media system they use is “hacked” and ideas and concepts are copied? How does this impact the owner of that work, and does replication impact value? Our speakers explore what the insurance industry could do to provide appropriate solutions to creators and owners of digital art from these new and emerging risks.
Further areas for discussion include:
•             How to balance authentication, provenance and the management of confidential data

The Art Business Conference will be held on 4 April 2017 at 10 on the Park at Time Warner Centre

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