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Demystifying The Art World
Speaker(s): John Wolf, Peggy Hollander, William Richmond-Watson
Recorded at: CONTEXT Art Miami 2015

Demystifying The Art World

Defining the beholder whose eye is in question – this panel will peel back layers of the art world from a marketplace perspective as well as from an institutional and historical context.

Talk Details

Art spans many purposes depending on who is being asked. Art memorializes a segment of cultural history, it validates intellectual curiosity, and it can provide decoration for a collector’s home. This intent and drive behind the creation of work and the purchase of work results in an economic engine for the global elite. The panel will engage in a dialogue that will assist the audience in understanding their place in this diverse landscape.


Speaker Details

Peggy Hollander

Peggy M. Hollander is the founder and managing partner of The Succession Group. Under her leadership, The Succession Group has gained widespread recognition for its capabilities in creating innovative, customized, insurance-related wealth-transfer and multi-generational business succession plans for an exclusive roster of high-net-worth individuals, families, and affluent business owners.For more than 20 years Ms. Hollander has applied her professional knowledge and experience serving the needs of clients, providing advice and counsel regarding succession planning not only for financial assets, but for other valuables such as art collections. Embracing a collaborative approach, Ms. Hollander often works closely with established teams of professional advisors including attorneys, accountants, and investment advisors. She regularly speaks at national conferences and professional meetings on topics ranging from creative business development to charitable giving. Prior to establishing The Succession Group, she was a practicing CPA. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ms. Hollander serves on the United Way Worldwide Planned Giving Committee; the United Way of Miami-Dade’s Board of Directors; and was a member of the United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. As immediate past President of the University of Miami Citizens Board, she was a Trustee of the University of Miami Board of Trustees. Additionally, she is a member of the International Women’s Forum and an Executive Board Member of the Florida.


William Richmond-Watson

William Richmond-Watson Founder, Chief Creative Officer of Watson & Company William opened Watson & Company in 2008, a namesake luxury branding and advertising agency. With a unified team of talented, strong-willed and culturally attuned visionaries, it quickly became known as one of the top agencies on the East Coast for its expertise in high-end real estate. William believes the unique understanding and foothold on the intersection of art, culture and content sets his team apart from its competitors. He launched his career at Sotheby’s Contemporary Department, the Bortolami Dayan Gallery and Pandiscio Co. William earned degrees in History of Art and Fine Arts from Edinburgh and Newcastle Universities. His interests span art, design, architecture, film, development, running, kitesurfing and cocktails. Current clients include, but are not limited to: Park Grove (Terra Group and The Related Group), The Fasano Shore Club (HFZ Capital Group), The Ritz-Carlton Sunny Isles (Fortune International Group and Chateau Group), Andrea Rosen Gallery, Tobias Meyer, Douglas Elliman Knight Frank at Art Basel Miami Beach, and Four Seasons Private Residences Downtown (Silverstein Properties). Watson & Company is located in New York and Miami.


John Wolf

John Wolf is a global art advisor at the helm of his firm, which assists private collectors, institutions and corporations in creating outstanding collections of contemporary art. Through private brokerage and his myriad relationships with artists, galleries and collectors around the world he gains access for his clients to buy the best quality works of art. His firm’s goal in the process is to educate clients about all aspects of the art market. Matching the client with the right piece of art is his paramount concern. A full service private art brokerage firm, John Wolf and his associates also consult the interior design trade and curate exhibitions. Through keen business savvy and market intuition, Wolf strives to create long-term value for his clients through museum grade acquisitions, collection management and appraisal services.

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