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How To Build An Art Collection

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
Peter Aspden

Peter Aspden

Financial Times

Kevin Francis  Gray

Kevin Francis Gray

Adrian Cheng

Adrian Cheng

K11 and K11 Art Foundation

Overview

Thank you to everybody who joined us at the How To Build An Art Collection forum on 15 October in Hong Kong. We hope you enjoyed the inspiring keynotes, informative discussions and valuable networking opportunities.

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Building an art collection can be a tricky affair: is it right to trust your instincts? Where is the best place to buy art? Is it alright to haggle? And should you take any notice of what the experts say?

All these issues, and many more, will be hotly debated at the FT's half-day conference on How to Build an Art Collection to be held in Hong Kong on October 15.

Join dealers, gallerists, auctioneers and artists as they offer their views on today's art market, and offer some practical advice for both beginners and more experienced collectors.

The conference follows a highly successful inaugural event in London last year.

As well as surveying the international scene, the Hong Kong discussions will also focus on Asian art, one of the most volatile sections of the market, but also one which is seeing fresh names and new themes continuously spill into fairs, galleries and auctions.

Whether you are interested in the Old Master paintings that have stood the test of time, or seeking to understand the brash ways of the contemporary scene, How to Build an Art Collection will arm you with everything you need to know.

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Chair (1)

Peter Aspden

Peter Aspden

Arts Writer
Financial Times

Peter Aspden is the Financial Times’ arts writer, having previously been its arts editor for five years. He joined the paper in 1994, as deputy books and arts editor and a general feature writer on Weekend FT.

He was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, before going into journalism. He joined the Times Higher Education Supplement in 1985, where he went on to become deputy editor.

Mr Aspden has been writing the Revolver column, a weekly commentary on contemporary culture, since January 2004. The name of the column comes from a famous quote attributed to Hermann Goering – “Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver” – as well as being the name of the greatest (Beatles) pop album of all time.

Keynote (1)

Kevin Francis  Gray

Kevin Francis Gray

Kevin Francis Gray is a sculptor based in London and Pietrasanta, Italy. He was educated internationally, earning a BA from the National College of Art & Design in Dublin (1995), a BA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1996) and his MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in London (1999). He is currently represented by Pace Gallery, with whom he exhibited his most recent solo show in London (2013-2014); his new work will be displayed in a solo show at PACE NY, scheduled for Spring 2017. In the meantime, his latest marble pieces will be exhibited at Frieze London 2016 and Art Basel: Miami Beach 2016. Further information about solo and group exhibitions can be found on his website (www.kevinfrancisgray.com) or Instagram (@kevinfrancisgraystudio).

Mr Gray’s work is currently undergoing a significant evolution, as he moves away from his earlier figurative pieces, reminiscent of neo-classical sculpture, such as his “Ballerina and Boy”(2011) or “Three-Figure Bust” (2016). Today, his marble work edges towards a contemporary, more abstract aesthetic that depicts strong, confident bodies and busts (such as “Bearded Man”, 2016). This new body of work commands attention, not just in its powerful subject matter but by drawing the viewer in to the raw materialism and the process behind the making of a piece. Indeed, Mr Gray is dedicated to creating his work in a Tuscan studio, alongside highly-skilled Italian artisans, who specialise in a process perfected centuries ago – the same material and ways used by the likes of Michelangelo and Canova – prioritising the quality of the work, versus potential quantity of editions. Gray’s consistent dedication to the highest quality marble and authentic practices, as well as his continued drive to contemporise them, gives his work longevity in an ever-shifting art market.

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Adrian Cheng

Adrian Cheng

Founder
K11 and K11 Art Foundation

A cultural entrepreneur and art pioneer, Adrian Cheng successfully created the K11 brand in 2009. Termed ‘museum retail’ concept, K11 is a new hybrid model of commercial projects combining art and commerce, building high-end lifestyle art malls, offices and serviced apartments in Greater China. K11 serves as a cultural hub to the local community, and provides a curated retail experience to its customers. Following the opening of the Hong Kong and Shanghai K11 in 2009 and 2013 respectively, there will be 16 completed K11 projects in Greater China by year 2021. He also founded the K11 Art Foundation in 2010, the first non-profit art foundation in China to incubate young emerging contemporary Chinese artists and curators, and to promote art education among the Chinese public.

As an Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, Mr Cheng is in charge of strategy, branding, marketing, e-commerce and VIP programme. He injected his creative concepts into the 87-year-old, 2,200-stores jewellery brand and introduced the high jewellery collections (e.g. ‘Ombre di Milano’ in 2013 and ‘Reflections of Siem’ in 2014), which showcased the exceptional craftsmanship and creativity of Chow Tai Fook. He spearheaded the strategic acquisition of Hearts on Fire in 2014, complementing Chow Tai Fook’s product portfolio with an exclusive premium diamond jewellery line and to raise Chow Tai Fook’s profile as world-class diamond expert in the jewellery industry. Together with the Italian private equity fund Clessidra, Chow Tai Fook recently acquired 90% of the fashion house Roberto Cavalli, where Mr Cheng also sits on the Board.

Mr Cheng is a graduate of Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies. He was honoured with the title of “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in 2012, and was appointed as an Alternate Member (Hong Kong) to the APEC Business Advisory Council in 2014. He is ranked among the ArtReview Power 100 list in 2014 and 2015, and is Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and member of the Interim Acquisition and Museum Committee, Board Member of the Public Art Fund New York, Trustee of Royal Academy of Arts, and various committees at TATE, Centre Pompidou and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jonathan  Crockett

Jonathan Crockett

Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art and Deputy Chairman, Asia
Phillips

Jonathan Crockett is Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art and Deputy Chairman, Asia, having joined Phillips in May 2016. In his role, he is instrumental in spearheading the company’s 20th Century and Contemporary Art initiatives in the region. Working closely with Phillips’ global leadership team and specialist departments, Mr Crockett is building the company’s brand with the goal of becoming a premier auction house in its categories in Asia.

Mr Crockett has brought to Phillips almost 20 years of experience in the fields of Asian and Western contemporary art, as well as classical Chinese art. He started his career at Christie’s in London, where he provided support in advising clients on tax issues regarding assets and heritage property. He then joined Sotheby’s where he started as a cataloguer in the Chinese art department, after which he moved to Hong Kong to specialise in Contemporary Asian Art. Most recently, he was Sotheby’s Director in Asia and a Senior Specialist of Contemporary Asian Art in London.

In addition to his tenure at Sotheby’s, Mr Crockett also ran his own art advisory business in Hong Kong for 5 years, where he worked with individual collectors, auction houses, and international galleries to broker sales of Asian and Western contemporary art.

Emi  Eu

Emi Eu

Director
STPI

Emi Eu has been an important member of the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) since 2001. Since becoming Director in 2009, she has led the organization's global expansion, introducing exciting collaborations with renowned
artists both within Asia and from the West. 

Under her directorship, STPI became the first gallery from Singapore to participate in the prestigious art fair, Art Basel, in 2013. She is on the Selection Committee of Art Basel Hong Kong. Since 2007, she has been the Programme Director of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès Third-Floor, a non-commercial art space that champions contemporary young artists by commissioning, producing and presenting works within its space in Singapore.

Ms Eu is the President of Art Galleries Association Singapore (AGAS), extending her expertise to help raise public awareness of galleries in Singapore. Her passion for arts education goes beyond STPI; she has been an adjunct faculty lecturer for ‘Art History and Appreciation’ at Singapore Management University since 2001.

Beth  Greenacre

Beth Greenacre

Fine Art Consultant, Curator, David Bowie Collection and Director
ROKEBY

Beth Greenacre is a fine art consultant, Director of ROKEBY, a gallery in central London and curator of the David Bowie collection. With a specialism in Modern British and International Contemporary art, Ms Greenacre advises clients on all aspects of collecting. Since 2000 she has been curator of the David Bowie Collection, an important and extensive collection of Modern British painting and sculpture which also encompasses Surrealism, Outsider art, African art and Memphis furniture.

Aside from managing David Bowie’s collection, Ms Greenacre was Director of Bowieart, Bowie's online platform to support young artists at a crucial time in their careers. From 2000 they co-curated numerous exhibitions including Sound and Vision as part of Bowie’s Meltdown at the Royal Festival Hall in 2002.

In 2005 Ms Greenacre launched ROKEBY, an independent contemporary gallery working with international emerging to mid-career artists. The gallery often stages exhibitions which position contemporary practices within an historical context. Recent exhibitions which included work from the David Bowie Collection looked at the history of British Studio Pottery and Lanyon’s relevance to a group of contemporary British artists working within the landscape tradition. ROKEBY promotes the work of artists across all media whose concerns and practices are engaging and diverse. The gallery regularly participates in international art fairs including Art Basel Hong Kong. Gallery artists have exhibited widely, in international museums and biennales. The current exhibition at ROKEBY is a solo exhibition by Leung Chi Wo, one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed contemporary artists.

Ms Greenacre graduated from the Courtauld Institute and Birkbeck University, both of which from part of the University of London.

Claire  Hsu

Claire Hsu

Co-Founder and Director
Asia Art Archive

Claire Hsu is co-Founder and Director of Asia Art Archive (AAA). Founded 15 years ago as an independent non-profit organisation, Asia Art Archive is a catalyst for new ideas that enrich our understanding of the world through the collection, creation, and sharing of knowledge around recent art in Asia. Ms Hsu sits on the board of The Foundation for Arts Initiatives; Museum and Acquisition Boards of M+ and Tate Research Centre: Asia Advisory Board. She is the recipient of the Asian Cultural Council Starr Foundation Fellowship (2003) and the RBS Coutts/Financial Times Women in Asia Award (2009). She was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2013) and awarded the AmCham Women of Influence Awards Master of The Arts (2015).

Pearl  Lam

Pearl Lam

Founder
Pearl Lam Galleries

Pearl Lam is the founder and owner of Pearl Lam Galleries. With over 20 years of experience exhibiting Asian and Western art and design, Pearl Lam Galleries - comprising of four branches in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore - is one of the leading and most established contemporary art galleries in Asia.

Ms Lam plays an important role as a bridge between the art worlds of the East and the West. Her business philosophy reflects a desire to stimulate international dialogue on Chinese, Asian and Western contemporary art. To this end, Pearl Lam Galleries has not only helped introduce many Asian artists to the West, but has also presented the works of giants of the Western art history to audiences in Asia.

Pearl Lam Galleries represent an increasingly influential roster of contemporary artists, including Chinese artists Zhu Jinshi, Su Xiaobai and Qiu Deshu. It has also introduced leading international artists, such as Jenny Holzer, Leonardo Drew, Carlos Rolón/Dzine and Yinka Shonibare MBE, to markets in the region, providing opportunities for new audiences in Asia to encounter their work.

Ms Lam is also a patron of the arts in a personal capacity. She founded the China Art Foundation (http://www.thechinaartfoundation.com) in 2008. Its objective is to maintain a sustainable current global interest in contemporary Chinese art and culture. The foundation - whose advisory board includes the Directors of the Pompidou and Guggenheim museums - also facilitates an exchange of knowledge and understanding between China and the rest of the world in the arenas of art and culture.

Robin  Peckham

Robin Peckham

Independent Curator and Writer

Robin Peckham is a curator and editor living in Beijing. Until recently he was Editor-in-Chief of LEAP, the international art magazine of contemporary China, and previously founded and operated the Hong Kong gallery Saamlung. His exhibitions and performance programs include "SFW" in Hong Kong; "Dali and Chinese Contemporary Art" at K11 Art Foundation; "Peril and Weirdness: Painting as a Universalism" at M Woods Museum; "Art Post-Internet" at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, "The Burning Edge" at City University of Hong Kong, and "The Border Show."

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Agenda - 15th Oct

  • 9:00am
    Registration and Refreshments
  • 10:00am
    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Peter Aspden, Arts Writer, Financial Times

  • 10:10am
    In conversation with Kevin Francis Gray: the special relationship between artist and collector

    Interviewed by: Peter Aspden, Arts Writer, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    The practicalities of buying art
    • What is the best way to start an art collection?
    • What are the respective advantages of dealers, auction houses, and art fairs?
    • Should you trust your gut instinct?
    • How do you get better informed about something that piques your interest?
    • Should you follow trends, or be suspicious of them?
    • Are there bargains to be had?
    • What are the pitfalls to be aware of?
    • Is art a good investment? Or doesn't that matter?

    Moderator: Robin Peckham, Independent Curator and Writer

    Jonathan Crockett, Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art and Deputy Chairman, Asia, Phillips 

    Emi Eu, Director, STPI

    Beth Greenacre, Fine Art Consultant, Curator, David Bowie Collection and Director, ROKEBY

     

  • 11:40am
    Refreshment break
  • 12:10pm
    The Asian art scene: current trends and future outlook
    • Is there a healthy art ecology at work today?
    • How about the relationship between East and West?
    • What are the important things happening in Asia and why the widespread interest in art?
    • Does it say things about the world that nothing else can?
    • Has it become too fashionable for its own good?

    Moderator: Peter Aspden, Arts Writer, Financial Times

    Adrian Cheng, Founder, K11 and K11 Art Foundation

    Claire Hsu, Co-Founder and Director, Asia Art Archive

    Pearl Lam, Founder, Pearl Lam Galleries

  • 1:10pm
    Chair's closing remarks

    Peter Aspden, Arts Writer, Financial Times

  • 1:20pm
    Lunch

Venue

Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Drive
Admiralty

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2103 9511
Email: enquiryhk@asiasociety.org

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Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st Century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in London, New York, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.

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Established in 1985, the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association (HKAAA) is a non-profit organization based in Hong Kong to promote and develop the profession of arts administration and to represent and support local arts administrators and practitioners. Website: 

Founded in 2012, the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA) is a non-profit organisation of established art galleries in Hong Kong. Organised by HKAGA, Hong Kong Art Week takes place every autumn (27 Oct - 6 Nov 2016), and is an art festival of talks, tours, workshops, and art days in different art neighbourhoods, as well as a community-wide Family Art Day in the park.

Larry's List is the leading art collector editorial and knowledge company providing data, research and access to contemporary art collectors.
Larry’s List’s art collector database contains over 3,500 profiles of art collectors from more than 70 countries – based on the most comprehensive research ever done on art collectors. In 2015, Larry’s List published the “Art Collector Report 2014“, the most comprehensive study on contemporary art collectors world-wide and in 2016, the “Private Museum Report”, a global overview on the landscape of privately founded contemporary art museums.

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Orientations, the magazine for collectors and connoisseurs of Asian art, is an authoritative source of information on the many and varied aspects of the arts of East and Southeast Asia, the Himalayas and the Indian Subcontinent, from the latest scholarly research to market analysis and current news. Published in Hong Kong and distributed worldwide since 1970, Orientations is essential to any Asian art library.

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