Saturday, September 12, 2009

A spotlight on the two distinguished panelists at Art Expo 2009

Kay Saatchi and Judith Greer are the two distinguished speakers on the Art Expo 2009 panels . The idea of involving them is to provide proper guidance and advice on the art & science of collecting. Both possess abundant expertise in the domain of art development and investment.

Kay Saatchi is an internationally renowned art curator. She launched her career as a Director of the Mayor Rowan Gallery, London. Later she became the Contemporary Director of Waddington Galleries, London. In partnership with Charles Saatchi, she co-curated over 34 exhibitions for the Saatchi Collection between l987 and 2001. The shows curated by her include Sensation, exhibition show at the Royal Academy, London, and Kunsthalle, Berlin and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

In 2003, as Travel Editor of ArtReview, Kay Saatchi wrote about emerging art markets in Mumbai, Havana, Morocco, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa and also covered an Antony Gormley installation in Australia’s outback, and Sydney and Perth. In 2003 she wrote text for the book ‘British Artists at Work’. She is the Founding Director of the ‘Artists & Collectors Exchange’ a program to promote young artists. In 2007 and 2008 she curated Anticipation, an exhibition of the best of emerging artists from London’s art colleges.

With years of experience behind her, Mrs. Saatchi’s keynote address on spotting young talent and building up an art collection is something not to be missed. On the other hand, Judith Greer is an independent arts producer and consultant for contemporary art projects both in the UK and abroad.

Focusing on non-profit and educational fields, her work includes project planning and realizations, lectures, and writing on topics including contemporary art collecting and patronage. In 2006 she co-authored 'Owning Art –The Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook', now available in English, Italian, Russian and Arabic. In Spring 2009 she was appointed Associate Director, International Programs for the new Sharjah Art Foundation.

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