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The Art Market 2.0
Speaker(s): Anne Bracegirdle, Curt Bilby, Devin Finzer, Elena Zavelev, Massimo Sterpi

The Art Market 2.0

This session will cover multiple technology solutions to help the art industry’s relationship with government legislators for trade, provenance and authenticity. We will discuss the importance of technology-driven transparency. These solutions embrace the improvement of the management and verification of collections & exhibit works.

Talk Details

The panel will discuss:

  • Understanding the intersection of art, technology & data – creating an analytical database of complete works
  • Democratising Art: Leveraging a new data-driven approach in registering art globally
  • Could Blockchain be the silver bullet in improving the issues and challenges in the art ecosystem with trust, credibility and fair-trading standards
  • Provenance tracking: Dealing with the issue of the authenticity of physical items when linked to the blockchain
  • Can technology protect the industry from art cybercriminals?
  • Using Microchips to authenticate works of art and track blood antiquity
  • Could increasing investment in AI and machine learning be a differentiating factor for the art industry?
  • The implications for insuring the work in transit
  • How will these technology solutions impact the art community who are traditionally not early-tech adopter industry?

This talk was originally filmed during The Inaugural Business of Art Observed.


Speaker Details

Curt Bilby

Dr. Curt Bilby has over twenty-five years of executive leadership experience in both the US and Europe that has focused on technology commercialization and company growth across several markets and technologies. Previous to his current tenure at Art Analysis & Research, Dr. Bilby was the President and CEO of Terapio Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company developing a countermeasure for radiation and chemical poisoning in mass casualty situations. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Seahawk Biosystems Corporation, which developed a biosensor based on technology developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Bilby was the Chairman and CEO of Evacyte Corporation, a company that commercialized a laser-based cancer detection and cell diagnostics platform. He also served as the Président-Directeur Général of Eurimed, S.A. headquartered in Paris, France. Dr. Bilby has engineering degrees from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Auburn University, and conducted his doctoral work at The University of Texas at Austin. Of note is his selection as a Distinguished Young Alumnus of Rose-Hulman where he was also awarded an honorary doctorate.

Anne Bracegirdle

Anne Bracegirdle is an Associate Vice President and Specialist in Christie’s Photographs Department. Separately, she co-organized Christie’s inaugural Art+Tech Summit in July 2017 ‘Exploring Blockchain’, and is spearheading Christie’s Art+Tech initiative. Anne speaks widely on the topic of art and blockchain and has been cited in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Forbes, The Art Newspaper, among others. Anne has ten years of experience at Christie’s and received her Master’s degree at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art on the History of Photography.

Elena Zavelev

Elena Zavelev is a contributor to Forbes magazine and the founder and CEO of New Art Academy, the authority on ArtTech, blockchain and AI for the global art market. Elena is a collector of crypto and digital art and loves discovering and supporting emerging new media artists. Since its launch in 2017, New Art Academy has hosted a number of international conferences and events in partnership with Forbes Media, eBay, Christie’s, NYU, NeueHouse and others. Well-positioned within the global art and tech space and aware of its great potential, New Art Academy’s next step is to create the first contemporary and digital art fair, CADAF. CADAF’s first edition will take place May 3-5, 2019 in New York.

Massimo Sterpi

Massimo Sterpi is partner and head of the IP and Art Law departments of Rome of Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners. A passionate art collector, he has gained an internationally recognized experience in art law. In this field, he addressed various topics including problems of authenticity, recovery of stolen or looted artworks, commissions of artworks, management of artists’ estates, licenses and merchandising, unauthorized reproduction, sales and exports of works of art, declaration of works of art as national treasures. Massimo is the author or has edited numerous publications on intellectual property and art law, including the Art Collecting Legal Handbook, which cover the laws on art in 30 different jurisdictions. He also speaks in art law subjects in international conferences. Massimo is on the WIPO Lists of Mediators and Referees in matters of IP and Art and Cultural Heritage. He has been chairman of the IBA Committee for Art, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Institutions and is currently the vice-chairman of the UIA’s Art Law Committee. Lastly, Massimo is a member of the Advisory Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and sits on the Board of Directors of Fondazione Prada and of the US Friends of the MAXXI Foundation.

Devin Finzer

Devin Finzer is the co-founder and CEO of OpenSea — a peer-to-peer marketplace for crypto collectibles, gaming items, and digital art. Devin has a background in software engineering at Google and Pinterest, and sold his previous company, Claimdog, to Credit Karma. He studied computer science and mathematics at Brown University.

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