The Art of Collecting: Questioning Status and Practices

Thursday 13 June 2013
16.00 – 19.45, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

the art of collectingDavid Teniers the Younger, Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in his Gallery, (detail) ca. 1650, Kunsthistorishes Museum, Vienna.
Speaker(s): Jeffrey Boloten (ArtInsight); Alex Heath (International Art Consultants Ltd); Philip Hook (Impressionist and Modern Department, Sotheby's); Ernst Vegelin (The Courtauld Gallery); Sally Wrampling (The Art Fund)
Ticket/entry details: The event is free and open to all. There will be no advance booking and places will be available on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.
Organised by: Agathe Jacquemet and Amélie Timmermans with Satish Padiyar (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

This workshop will initiate a critical debate on the changing status of the collector within the art world. Inspired by the unique patronage of Samuel Courtauld, we wish to open up a new forum of discussion connecting collectors, curators, auctioneers, dealers and art consultants.

While old patterns of patronage and influence faded, a new economisation of the emerging art market opened up the field of collecting to a broader audience. But what factors determine this market today? What motives and ambitions drive modern collecting? What structures are involved in acquiring pieces of art? What role do collectors play in pricing and demand of art in the marketplace? These are some of the questions that The Art of Collecting will address and debate through a multi-layered approach involving interviews, individual talks and public discussion.

Speaker's biography:

Jeffrey Boloten is Co-Founder and Managing Director of ArtInsight Ltd, the art market education partner of art market research firm ArtTactic.

Following a business degree and a background as a solicitor, Jeffrey graduated from the publishing programme at Harvard University, followed by directorships with international publishers, including Penguin Books. Jeffrey then graduated from City University, with an MA in Arts Management, focused on the development of the art market, and the photography market. Following posts at the Tate, and as General Manager of a London Art College, Boloten co-founded ArtInsight in 2004. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the global art, and art investment markets, at international art fairs and conferences.

Philip Hook has 35 years’ experience and expertise of the art market, together with wide-ranging contacts built up as an auctioneer and a dealer. He originally joined Christie’s in 1973 with a degree in the History of Art from Cambridge University, and headed Christie’s 19th Century Paintings Department from 1980 to 1987. In 1994, Hook joined the Impressionist and Modern Art Department at Sotheby’s where he has played a critical role in every major collection sold since this date. He has appeared regularly on the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow as a picture expert, and is the author of Popular Nineteenth Century Paintings (1986), five successful novels set in the art world and The Ultimate Trophy (2009), a history of the Impressionist market, which was one of the Financial Times Books of the Year.

Alex Heath is Chairman and Managing Director of International Art Consultants Ltd, a leading art advisory business founded in 1978 and with offices in London, Paris and Dubai. Heath studied Art History at St Andrews and then completed an MBA at Harvard Business School in 1993. He then spent ten years in the Communications Industry, running businesses for Telewest, NTL and Virgin before taking over as Chairman and Managing Director of International Art Consultants in 2005. He has been involved in numerous arts projects, both in the UK and abroad, throughout his professional career and currently heads up International Art Consultants Private Client Advisory practice as well as international business development.

Sally Wrampling is Head of Policy and Strategy at the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art. The Art Fund raises money to help museums and galleries to buy and show art for everyone to enjoy. It is independently funded, the majority of its income coming from 95,000 members who, through the National Art Pass, enjoy free or reduced price entry to museums and exhibitions across the UK. The Art Fund also works closely with collectors, artists and public collections to encourage gifts of art to museums, and acts as a conduit for gifts and bequests. Wrampling has led many campaigns to save works of art, and played a key role in helping to shape the Cultural Gifts Scheme, a new tax incentive to encourage gifts to museums. She also co-authored ‘A Guide to Giving Art’, published in 2012.

Ernst Vegelin is the current Head of The Courtauld Gallery. He was educated in England, USA and the Netherlands. He received a BA from Trinity College, CT, and subsequently an MA and PhD from The Courtauld Institute of Art where he specialised in late-16th century religious painting. He has published and organised exhibitions on a wide range of subjects, including 16th portraiture,
Fauve painting, David Teniers the Younger and, most recently, Pierre-August Renoir’s La Loge.


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