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The Habits of Successful Collectors
Speaker(s): Jessica Davidson, Lisa Austin, Nica Gutman Rieppi
Recorded at: Art New York 2016

The Habits of Successful Collectors

Whether you are buying out of personal passion or as a financial investment, it is important to ask the right questions to the right people, at the right time.

Talk Details

The art market is complex so it’s important to understand its many and varied risks to stay informed when making a purchasing decision. Our expert panel offer tips and techniques for successful collecting.

Please take note that this session took place live during the 1AN Symposium at Art New York.


Speaker Details


Lisa Austin

As principal of Lisa Austin and Associates (LA&A), Lisa Austin has more than thirty years experience as fine art advisor to individuals and institutions, including 12 years as in-house curator for Southeast Bank, N.A., formerly Florida’s largest banking corporation. The firm’s practice includes private client acquisitions and corporate projects on a national and global scale. LA&A focuses on advising private individuals on the purchase of museum-quality fine art for their personal collections. As an expert in contemporary art, Austin helps collectors make intelligent decisions about the aesthetic and financial issues involved in creating collections of lasting value and importance.


Jessica Davidson

Jessica Davidson is the Director of Sales and Business Development at Bidsquare, a curated online auction platform where collectors can explore and bid on an authenticated selection of fine art and antiques from over 100 premier auction houses. Jessica has 9 years of combined experience in commercial gallery operations and e-commerce technology, with a focus on contemporary art sales and the digital art market. Over the course of her career in the art world, Jessica has worked with private collectors, museums and corporate institutions, auction house professionals, art advisors and online experts in the US, Western and Eastern Europe, East, Southeast and South Asia and the Middle East. Previously the Director of Sales at Leila Heller Gallery in New York, Jessica first started her career at Accenture as a Financial and Performance Management Consultant. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and a BA in Economics and Museum Studies from Lehigh University.

Nica Gutman Rieppi

Nica Gutman Rieppi is the Manager of US Operations for Art Analysis and Research (US) LLC, which specializes in the technical study of paintings using technical art history and science-based analytical approaches. She obtained a BA in Art History and French at Emory University, Atlanta, before studying for her MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation at the State University College, Buffalo, and an MA in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She worked for 6 years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and, since 2001, she has subsequently been Associate Conservator for the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the Conservation Center of the IFA in New York where she also taught graduate students technical examination and imaging techniques. She continues as Adjunct Professor. She joined AA&R in 2014 and runs their New York office. Ms. Rieppi’s expertise is in the technical examination of works of art and she has undertaken and published important studies such as on the recent rediscovery of Leonardo da Vinci’s lost Salvator Mundi.

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