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Featured in Spear's Magazine: "Revealed: the top HNW advisers working in art, wine and classic cars in 2018"

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Published in Spear’s Magazine, 12 November 2018

The markets of fine art, wine and classic cars are subject to unique influences and fluctuations, so the advice of the top experts identified by Spear’s is crucial, writes Arun Kakar

Over the past 12 months we’ve had the ‘Last Leonardo’ and the ‘Sale of the Century’: what on earth can we expect next? As the art market grows increasingly global, navigating one’s way through it can resemble the work of a detective. Where can one find the best art beyond auction houses – how best to arrange a collection? Once again Spear’s has gone in search of the best art advisers, fiduciaries and experts, handpicked to accommodate every variety of HNW collector: from logistics through to leasing, every aspect is covered in the 2018 Alternative Assets Index, in association with Borro Private Finance.

Impartiality – as rare a commodity as ever in today’s market – is the paramount factor bringing together the experts Spear’s has selected. The art world in 2018 has seemed on the cusp on continuous changes from crypto to contemporary – a strong adviser has never been more essential. ‘The reality is that the client will be the one living with the art,’ says Christie’s head of client advisory Isabelle de la Bruyère, hot off a record year at the auction house and leading this year’s index. The role of an adviser for de la Bruyère is to help remove the market’s intimidation factor for their clients by giving them the means to trust their taste: HNWs always need to be aware that one price doesn’t make a market, she says.

Leading the new entrants this is Harry Smith, executive chairman and managing director of Gurr Johns, who seized headlines after a two-day scoop of 13 Picassos. Meanwhile, Guy Vaissière of Falcon Fine Art bolsters our coverage of art finance as the sector grows among collectors. ‘The European market is continually growing,’ he says of art finance. ‘As more people look to explore options with art markets, it just goes to highlight the relationship between art and money.’ There are also figures familiar to index readers that have continued to maintain momentum – no easy feat, considering how crowded the market has become.

Philip Hoffman continues to pioneer art as an investment, and last year’s rising star Ariane Belisle remains on the cutting edge of contemporary. And no one quite does advisory like the ‘legendary’ Thomas Gibson, whose depth of industry understanding remains unmatched. He tells Spear’s that he can ‘almost always’ source the works that his clients are looking for.

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Featured in Spear's Magazine: "Ariane Belisle - AIB Art Advisory"

Ariane Belisle

Published in Spear’s Magazine, 02 November 2018

Private collectors, galleries and foundations make up the clients of Ariane Belisle, whose ascent has been nothing short of remarkable since she established AIB Art Advisory in 2015, specialising in postwar and contemporary art with a strong focus on emerging artists.

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Featured in Spear's Magazine: "AI and art at Christie’s: algorithmic portraits to ‘disrupt the canon’"

Obvious,  Portrait of Edmond Belamy , 2018

Obvious, Portrait of Edmond Belamy, 2018

Published in Spear’s Magazine, 01 November 2018

The first ever sale of an AI generated artwork raises questions of authorship, authenticity and value.

Edmond de Belamy, from La Famille de Belamy might at first glance seem like a portrait of a European noble. Face blurred and wearing a traditional dark coat and white collar, it wouldn’t provoke alarm if spotted on the walls of the National Gallery. It is, however, created from an algorithm (sets of rules developed to be followed by computers) – signed in the corner of the work – from French art collective Obvious. It became the first work generated by artificial intelligence to go under hammer last week and sold at Christie’s for an astonishing $432,500 — almost 45 times its estimate – potentially signalling the arrival of a new kind of art on the auction stage.

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Featured in Spear's Magazine: "Sotheby’s slumps in high-end art, while Christie’s achieves ‘sale of the century’"

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couche (sur le cote gauche), 1917

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couche (sur le cote gauche), 1917

Published in Spear's Magazine, 20 August 2018

A disappointing half-year at the auction house signals to the intensity of competition at the top, particularly with its biggest rival. 

Sotheby’s announced their half-year results last week, curiously reporting a 23 per cent rise in consolidated sales alongside a 26 per cent dip in net income compared with 2017. While it might not signal trouble for the world’s second largest auction house, it does reveal the state of 2018's auction market.

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Spear's Magazine, No. 59, November/December 2017

Spear's Magazine, No. 59, November/December 2017

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Published in Spear's Magazine #59, November/December 2017

Alternative assets continue to be a popular and stable investment option in a world where financial markets can wobble alarmingly. Over the next 20 pages Olenka Hamilton profiles our pick of the leading experts in the fields of fine art, wine and classic cars who help those HNWs who enjoy mixing pleasure and profit - beginning with art advisers. 

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Published in Spear's Magazine, 30 October 2017

Spear’s unveils the elite 73 names in the fields of art, wine and classic cars servicing HNW needs today. Olenka Hamilton reports

The authoritative 2017 Spear’s Alternative Assets index is finally here — bringing HNWs the best names in wine, art and classic cars. With 16 new names across the 73-strong power index, this, our second annual guide, is a comprehensive line-up of luminaries and fresh talent, reflecting the dynamic and evolving landscape of the alternative investments.

Among those best placed to help the HNW navigate the art market, we have repeat entries from New York-based art advisory duo Guggenheim Asher as well as independent art consultant and former gallerist Thomas Gibson, who has been in the business for half a century.  Also on the list is former Spear’s award winner Viola Raikhel-Bolot of international advisory firm 1858, as well as art advisers Bettina Von Hase and Emily Tsingou. Among our London gallerists are Philip Mould, Jonathan Green and Joseph Friedman.

A new entry this year is Ariane Belisle, whose focus is on helping new collectors navigate the world of emerging art. The youngest of our art advisers, Belisle already has the ear of some of the world’s most powerful collectors.

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Featured in Spear's Magazine: "Ariane Belisle: AIB Art Advisory"

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Published in Spear's Magazine, 16 October 2017

Top Recommended Art Advisers

Canada-born, London-based Ariane Belisle, who specialises in postwar and contemporary art, set up AIB with the primary aim of ‘leveraging emerging artists and art with a primary focus on new collectors who may not know where to start’, she explains. She offers the full range of art advisory services, from buying, selling and collection management to shipping, valuation, framing and organising collateral loans.

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