SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR THE SPRING ART SALON
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Sylvain Levy (FR)
It was in 2005 when he and his wife, Dominique Levy, created their private collection of Chinese contemporary art, named dslcollection. The ongoing acquisition of new objects is not the only crux of their mission. The collection is opened to a very large public through both traditional communication as well as digital technology.
In May 2014, dslcollection received the inaugural Asia Prize from The Art Newspaper which recognises the most outstanding contributions to the promotion of arts development, within Asia. In 2016, dslcollection was recognised by Larrys List as the best digital collection of the year.
Nazy Vassegh (UK)
Former CEO Masterpiece London, Art Advisor and Senior Consultant in art and culture
Nazy Vassegh -Former CEO Masterpiece London, Art Advisor and Senior Consultant in art and culture
Nazy Vassegh has over 25 years' experience in the art world, spanning auction, advisory and art fairs. At Sotheby’s she was a Senior Director of the Company and Managing Director of the Impressionist and Modern art division. Whilst there, she held a variety of senior management roles in the worldwide divisions including Contemporary Art and Jewels and launched ‘Sotheby’s Preferred’ in Europe.
In 2013 she joined Masterpiece as Chief Executive Officer. She was instrumental in raising the profile of the Fair in the global art world by carefully curating the exhibitor profile of 150 international galleries to focus on world-class art, design and ancient art. She set up and developed the Masterpiece Patron programme, forged structured partnerships with leading companies from the world of finance, art, travel and luxury and significantly increased company profit and visitor numbers.
Nazy is an independent art advisor and strategic consultant for a select number of private and corporate clients. She is based in London and travels frequently working across art, design and luxury.
Eva Wittocx (BE)
Curator M Museum Leuven, Curator Belgian Pavilion Venice Biennale 2017
Eva Wittocx is an art historian, curator and writer based in Brussels. She was a curator at S.M.A.K. museum of contemporary art in Ghent from 1997 to 2006, where she organized numerous exhibitions, including Dora Garcia: Code inconnu, Orla Barry: Portable Stones, Dirk Braeckman, Luigi Ontani and Joëlle Tuerlinckx. She coordinated the exhibition Luc Tuymans: Mwana Kitoko at the Belgian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2001 (curator: Jan Hoet). Between 2006 and 2009, she served as curator at the STUK arts centre in Leuven, with solo exhibitions by Matt Mullican, Keren Cytter, Adrian Paci, Guillaume Leblon, Candice Breitz and others. In 2007 she launched the annual performance festival Playground – collaboration since 2010 between STUK and M Museum and part of the performance network Corpus. In 2009 she was appointed Senior Curator at the newly opened M Museum Leuven, where she developed the institution’s contemporary art programme focusing on solo exhibitions by both emerging and established artists. She curated shows at M by Mika Rottenberg, Dirk Braeckman, Guy De Cointet, Sol LeWitt: Walldrawings (with Béatrice Gross),Markus Schinwald, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh and many others.
Eva Wittocx regularly writes about contemporary art. She is the author of texts on Ugo Rondinone, Peter Buggenhout, Walter Leblanc, Tina Gillen and Germaine Kruip and is currently President of the Belgian section of AICA and of the Art committee of the Flemish Parliament’s collection. In July 2016 she was nominated as curator to represent Belgium together with artist Dirk Braeckman at the Belgian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Kathryn Smith (AUS-BE)
Managing director Ampersand House
Originally from Australia where she took her first degrees in Fine Art and Law, Kathryn Smith subsequently moved to the United Kingdom where she took her PhD in Law from Cambridge university. She moved to Brussels in 2011.
Kathryn is a qualified art historian and lawyer working as a curator and private adviser to corporate collectors and investors with a focus on art and design. With her husband Ike Udechuku she created Ampersand House in 2011 – a private home and gallery where mid-century design meets contemporary art and creativity.
John Volleman (NL)
Art and Design Dealer
John Volleman is originally from the Netherlands and for a long time he has been active in the world of arts, antiques and design. When living in the Netherlands he has worked for different auction houses and the National Museum for Antiquities (RMO) in Leiden, where he developed an eye for quality and inspiration.
With over 20 years of experience in the global art scene John started recently his own business in art, antiques and design; collaborating with and advising a wide range of collectors and artists. He provides guidance in building up art collections, searches the globe for unique objects and works of art, and advices in interior design solutions.
John is familiar with the broad range of the international art and antiques market. He collects himself modern and contemporary art, Scandinavian design, antique furniture and archaeological objects. Pieces from different periods can easily be mixed when they have character and a soul; reflecting the specifics of that time. That art and beautiful pieces should be part of our daily life is very much integral to his own philosophy.
Sophie Clauwaert (BE)
Specialist in Old Masters and Director of Art Expert
As an Art Consultant, Sophie advises collectors and enthusiasts alike. Over the past few years, she has worked closely together with international art galleries, museums and corporations. Sophie Clauwaert obtained her Masters degree in Art History in Brussels, and then completed her education with a second Masters in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London in 2007. During these years, she specialised in Old Master Paintings, but also gained a strong understanding of art and antiques in general.
After successfully completing internships at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and Sotheby’s (Paris), she decided to start her own business and launched ArtExpert in 2008.
In 2014, Sophie became a Student Expert in Old Master Paintings at the Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés (CNES).
Founder, Accessible Art Fair and Art Consultant for luxury brands
Canadian curator, Stephanie Manasseh is the founder and director of the Accessible Art Fair. She also developed and implemented the Art & Design Sessions for BMW Brand Store in Belgium, with 10 sessions, exhibiting artists and Belgian designers and international renowned photographers such as Xavier Lust, Terry O'Neill, and the late Marc Lagrange.
Her expertise in the art world has brought her ongoing professional partnerships with brands such as American Express and The New York Times, BMW, Montblanc. Stephanie was invited to speak at the prestigious Art For Tomorrow 2016 organised by The New York Times in Doha, Qatar last March.
Selection Committee ACAF 2017
Our esteemed jury met on the 2nd June at the prestigious Amigo Hotel in Brussels. For the 2017 edition of the fair, participating artists are hand-picked by a panel of professional art experts. We understand the importance of showcasing quality art and our goal is to present great talent.
John Volleman (NL) - Art and Design Dealer, Kathryn Smith (AUS-BE) - Managing Director, Ampersand House, Stephanie Manasseh (CAN-BE) - Founder, Accessible Art Fair, Art Consultant for luxury brands, Sophie Clauwaert (BE) - Specialist in Old Masters and Director of Art Expert, Leticia Hoffman (UK) - Art Associate at Fine Art Group, Rod McIntosh (UK) - Participating Artist ACAF 2017