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Practical Perspectives On Art Investment
Speaker(s): Amelia Brankov, Annelien Bruins, David de Buck
Recorded at: Art New York 2015

Practical Perspectives On Art Investment

How to interpret value, cost and transaction risk in an opaque market

Talk Details

Art investment is often hyped as the next best investment opportunity. This panel talk will provide collectors with a thought-out discussion of the practical issues they should take into account when getting into the art market, as well as providing concrete tools on how to go about buying, whether for pleasure or investment.

Attendees will learn:

  • Fundamental characteristics of the art market (that sets it apart from other markets)
  • How to assess art works in terms of value, cost and transactional risk
  • Pro’s and cons of artworks when viewed as an investment asset

Speaker Details

Amelia Brankov

Amelia K. Brankov is Counsel at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, and a member of the firm’s Art, Intellectual Property and Litigation Departments. She serves as outside general counsel to art galleries, curators, antiquities dealers, art advisors and conservators. She also represents businesses and executives in the art, entertainment, advertising, fashion and media industries, resolving disputes over contracts, copyrights, trademarks, motion picture rights, right of publicity claims and false advertising claims. She is a member of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and the Acquisitions Committee of the Guggenheim Museum’s Young Collectors Council.

Annelien Bruins

Annelien Bruins serves as an independent Chief Marketing Officer to companies in the art, luxury and wealth management industries. She is a board member of the Foundation of the American Institute of Conservation.

Prior to her current focus on marketing strategy, she founded and ran her own art advisory firm in London, founded Katapult Coaching for Artists, an online business that coached artists on marketing, and served as CEO at Tang Art Advisory in the US.

Annelien has been interviewed by CNBC, Thomson Reuters, Barrons Asia, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, among others. She has lectured at Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, California College of the Arts and a number of financial institutions.

Annelien has written three Ebooks: ‘Managing relationships in the art market’, ’Art, the New Asset Class’ and ‘How to become a successful artist in 7 steps’. She is currently writing a book on marketing for art experts. You can connect with Annelien on LinkedIn.


David de Buck

David De Buck is a gallerist and owner of De Buck Gallery in New York City. Born in Ghent, Belgium, David first pursued a background in Economics and Business, initially working as a banker in Switzerland in order to gain key business experience before turning his full attention to art. Due to his parents’ involvement in the contemporary art world, David grew up personally knowing many top European artists, especially those belonging to the New Realist movement, including Christo, Niki de Saint Phalle, Arman, César. This early exposure had a significant impact on David and has played a critical role in his career in the arts. In 2008, his passion and dedication to the arts brought him to New York and soon after De Buck Gallery was founded. Since 2008, De Buck Gallery has expanded tremendously and currently has three locations: Chelsea New York, Antwerp Belgium and the South of France. De Buck Gallery’s artist roster reflects a broad range of international artists in both the primary and secondary markets. Ranging from emerging to mid-career, De Buck Gallery represents artists across a variety of media, including photographers, painters, light artists, and conceptual artists. The gallery is specifically interested in mid-century and Post-War masters, such as Alberto Biasi, Turi Simeti, Pino Pinelli, and Shozo Shimamoto. De Buck Gallery is participating in the Art Miami New York fair, located at booth A6. The booth features work by Alberto Biasi, Turi Simeti, and Shozo Shimamoto.

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