SELECTION COMMITTEE ACAF 2019
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Simon de Pury
Former Chief Auctioneer, Collector, DJ
Simon de Pury is one of the leading figures in the art market. He is renowned for his legendary performance on the auction podium and for his deep and longstanding knowledge of the global marketplace. From 2000 to 2012 he was Chairman and Chief Auctioneer of Phillips de Pury & Company. Earlier in his career he was Chairman Europe and Chief Auctioneer Worldwide at Sotheby's. He was also curator of the ThyssenBornemisza Collection that is housed today in it's own museum in Madrid. Simon has been instrumental in championing the careers of many contemporary artists, photographers and designers. He has auctioned and secured a substantial number of the most legendary art collections for auctions and private treaty. Simon founded, together with his wife Michaela, de Pury de Pury, a company specializing in building collections, consulting established collectors and institutions together with facilitating private transactions of Impressionist, Modern, Post War and Contemporary Art. Additionally, they conceive and curate exhibitions and are active in the branding of artistic, cultural and real estate projects as well as supporting and advising emerging artists. In 2010, he was the subject of an hour-long documentary on the BBC, titled ‘The Man with the Golden Gavel'. In 2010 and 2011 he was the mentor in Bravo's reality TV show 'Work of Art: The Next Great Artist'. He is an active charity auctioneer, and over the years has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for a number of charities and cultural institutions.
Founder, Accessible Art Fair and Art Consultant for luxury brands
Canadian entrepreneur in the arts and curator, Stephanie Manasseh is the founder and director of the Accessible Art Fair. Stephanie left her native Canada to settle in Europe in 1997. She has always been passionate about giving a voice to under represented artists and by bringing together artists and luxury brands. When she set up the Accessible Art Fair in Belgium in 2004 little did she know that the fair would become a recognizable brand in the art world. Stephanie organized and directed the ACAF in several other cities including Antwerp, Tel Aviv, and recently launched the fair in New York City. Stephanie was responsible for developing and implementing the Art & Design Sessions for BMW in Belgium. She was contracted to create ten sessions, showcasing renowned artists, designers and 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 international brands such as American Express and The New York Times, BMW, Montblanc, Tiffany, Alfa Romeo. Stephanie was invited to speak at The New York Times Art For Tomorrow conference in Doha, Qatar in March 2016. Stephanie also did a Ted X talk and recently directed a film about the art fair.
Curator, Art Dealer and Author
London based Kenny Schachter has been curating contemporary art exhibits in museums and galleries and teaching (art history and economics) for nearly thirty years; presently in the graduate department of the University of Zurich. He has lectured internationally, been the recipient of a Rockefeller supported grant in Mexico, and contributed to books on Paul Thek, Zaha Hadid, Vito Acconci and Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. Kenny Schachter has a regular column in Artnet in addition to writing widely for various international publications. He most recently had a retrospective of his art at Rental Gallery in New York in the summer of 2018 and exhibited at Simon Lee Gallery in London, fall 2018. Schachter has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine (cover story, September 1996), and London's Observer, Independent and Telegraph and deals in international art from Impressionist and Modernism to the art and design of today.
Collector and Art Fund manager
Serge Tiroche comes from a family with a long history in the art world as collectors, gallery owners, dealers and auction house founders. He has been collecting contemporary art for over 30 years. He was Managing Director at Citi Private Bank until 2007, when he left banking in order to combine his investment know-how with his desire to collect more art. His mission has since been to enable a broader audience to participate in the art world, by combining passion and investment. His first project was to found ST-ART, Israel's first art incubator project. He went on to invest in the Artist Pension Trust and serve as its global chairman until 2010. In 2011 he co-founded Art Vantage PCC Limited, an Art Fund focused on collecting contemporary art from developing markets, via the Tiroche DeLeon Collection. His most recent venture is Africa First, a private collection he founded in 2017 focused on contemporary art from across Africa, which includes a unique residency program in Israel, where he is from.
Co-founder Dsl Collection
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.
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.
Art Journalist and Gallery Director
Federica Beretta is the Director of Opera Gallery London. As Director of an international group that includes thirteen gallery spaces in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia, she advises high-net-worth clients in investing in artworks by Picasso, Basquiat, Botero, Haring, Chagall, Calder, Dubuffet, Miro and Warhol. Federica studied Art and Finance at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and she holds a Master Degree in Culture, Policy and Management from City University London. Previously, she directed an art gallery in Chelsea, London, where she curated more than twenty exhibitions for renowned Contemporary artists and photographers. Federica has also contributed to developing arts projects in collaboration with BAFTA, Chelsea Arts Club, BMW, Tiffany & Co., Savoy Hotel, Royal Polo and Williams F1. She was a juror in the selection committee for Art Rooms Fair London and Art Apartments contest in collaboration with the Estorick Collection. She organises tours to members of the Bank of America Arts and Creative Club in national museums and international auction houses. Prior to moving to London, Federica worked as a full-time journalist and currently she collaborates with the art magazine Artribune.
Curator and Co-Director Double Decker
Wilhelm Finger is a curator and art consultant. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Communication Design from Central Saint Martin’s and an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University in partnership with the Design Museum, London. He has curated publications, exhibitions and programs in internationally acclaimed museums around the globe – The Oscar Niemeyer Museum – Brazil, Design Museum – London, Science Museum – London, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens as well as delivering lectures in several Art and Design institutions (Design Museum, Kingston University). He has over 20 years experience in the creative industries as an Art Director for leading publications such as Wonderland, Ten Magazine, IQONS
Magazine, The Times and Tush Magazineas well as creating design concepts for Studio UK, working on accounts such as Comme des Garçons, Shiseido and Topshop.
Art Consultant 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).
Curator and Co-Director Double Decker
Karen has previously worked at Sotheby’s London Private Client Group where she was responsible for European and Asian clients. Prior to this, she worked at a number of other leading art institutions and auction houses such as Phillips and Asia Society, and coordinated the successful “Art of the World” project at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. In addition, she runs the event-agency The Art of this Century, providing collaboration opportunities between art, corporations, and luxury brands; as well as exclusive exhibitions with a special focus on contemporary art. Karen is also actively participating in the building of her family’s private collection, DSLcollection, which is a major western collection focusing on Chinese contemporary Art.
Our esteemed selection committee on June 4th 2018 in London at the Chess Club.
Selection Committee for The Spring Art Salon 2018
We're thrilled to present the selection committee for the Spring Art Salon which took place on March 6th at Hotel Amigo.
- Eva Wittocx (BE) - Curator M Museum Leuven, Curator Belgian Pavillion Venice Biennale 2017
- Sophie Clauwaert (BE) - Specialist in Old Masters and Director of Art Expert
- Sylvain Levy (FR) - Founder DSL Collection, Art Collector
- Kathryn Smith (AUS-BE) - Managing Director, Ampersand House
- Nazy Vassegh (UK) - Former CEO Masterpiece London, Art Advisor and Senior Consultant in art and culture
- John Volleman (NL) - Art and Design Dealer
- Stephanie Manasseh (CAN-BE) - Founder, Accessible Art Fair, Art Consultant for luxury brands
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