© Jonathan Monk - Waiting for famous people (Leo Castelli),1997. Courtesy of the artist and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen.

Speakers
GEORGINA ADAM
Journalist of The Financial Times

EMILIO ÁLVAREZ

Galeria Àngels Barcelona

EDUARDO BRANDÃO
Galeria Vermelho 

SILVIA DAUDER 
Galeria ProjecteSD   

HELGA DE ALVEAR

Fundación Helga de Alvear

ESTRELLA DE DIEGO
Curator and Professor of the Complutense
University of Madrid

ANN DEMEESTER
Director De Appel Arts Centre

CARLOS DURAN
Galeria Senda

LUISE FAURSCHOU
Faurschou Foundation

VICTOR GISLER
Mai 36 Galerie

CARLES GUERRA 
Chief Curator of the MACBA

NOAH HOROWITZ
Director of the VIP Art Fair 

PIERRE HUBER
Galerie Art & Public

CASEY KAPLAN 
Casey Kaplan Gallery

SOLEDAD LORENZO 
Galería Soledad Lorenzo

PAUL MAENZ
Galerie Paul Maenz

CLAES NORDENHAKE
Galerie Nordenhake 

GREGOR PODNAR

Galerie Gregor Podnar

ADRIAAN RAEMDONCK
Galerie De Zwarte Panter

JANELLE REIRING 

Metro Pictures Gallery 

RICARDO RESENDE
Director of the Centro Cultural São Paulo

GUILLERMO ROMERO PARRA
Galería Parra & Romero

ROBERT TORNABELL
Professor and Economist, ESADE Business
School

CARLOS URROZ 
Director ARCOmadrid

BORIS VERVOORDT
Galerie Axel Vervoordt


 

 






GEORGINA ADAM
Journalist of The Financial Times (London)
Georgina Adam has spent more than 25 years writing about the art market and the arts in general. She began in Paris, where she studied Islamic Art at the Ecole du Louvre. She spent five years in London, where she worked for The Antique Collector, The Daily Telegraph and other publications dealing with art sales before moving to Japan, where she lived and worked for five years. Up on leaving Tokyo, she joined The Art Newspaper as editor of the Art Market section, and later, starting in 2008, as its chief editor. She writes a weekly column every Saturday for The Financial Times. In addition to her specialisation in the art market, Adam is particularly interested in emerging cultural centres, a subject she teaches classes on at the Sotheby's and Christie's institutes in London.

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EMILIO ÁLVAREZ
Galeria Àngels Barcelona (Barcelona)
Emilio Álvarez is director of Àngels Barcelona art gallery and Roomservice Design contemporary design gallery, as well as co-director of Loop video art fair and The Screen From Barcelona festival. He sits on the board of Fundació Tot Raval (a platform that aims to improve quality of life in the Raval neighbourhood in Barcelona), the board of directors of Orfeó Catalá – Palau de la Música Catalana, and the board of the foundation of the same name. He has a bachelor's degree and a Master in Bussiness Administration by ESADE in Barcelona, and has taken international business courses at the Graduate School of Business Administration in New York and the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Paris.

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HELGA DE ALVEAR
Fundación Helga de Alvear (Cáceres)
Helga de Alvear was born in 1936 in the city of Kirn/Nahe, Germany. After several years of experience in the art world, she opened a gallery under her own name in 1995, committed to international art and disciplines such as photography, video and installations, which were quite rare in Spain at the time. While pursuing her professional activities, de Alvear dedicated a lot of time to her greatest passion: art collecting. June 2010 was the beginning of the first phase of the Helga de Alvear Foundation, in Cáceres, which will house the gallerist's entire collection (more than 2,500 pieces) and is currently putting on its second monographic exhibition, “Historias de la vida material”. Among other distinctions, Helga de Alvear received the Medalla de Extremadura in 2007 and the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 2008. She was also Ambassador of Spain at the last Art Basel fair.

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EDUARDO BRANDÃO
Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo)
Eduardo Brandão studied photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. From1991 to 2004, heworked as a photography and art editor at the newspaper Folha de São Paulo. Between 1989 and 1992, he gave photography classes at the EAV Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro, and from 1995 to 2007 he taught at the Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP), again in São Paulo. He currently works as an independent curator, and since 2002 he has been an owning partner at the Vermelho Gallery. In addition to other exhibitions, he has curated “Iconógrafos” (1991) at the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM); “Horizonte Reflexivo” (1998) at the Centro Cultural Light, São Paulo; “A Medida” (1999) at the Espacio Porto Seguro de Fotografía; “Imágenes” (2003) at the Curitiba Metropolitan Art Museum (MUMA); “Historias de mapas, piratas y tesoros” (2010) at Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; and “Marcados Para” at the Claudia Andujar Jewish Cultural Centre in São Paulo (2011).

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SILVIA DAUDER
Galeria ProjecteSD (Barcelona)
Silvia Dauder is the founder and director of the ProjecteSD Gallery, which opened in Barcelona in 2003. Despite its short career, ProjecteSD has already been recognised as housing a new concept of gallery within the Spanish contemporary art gallery scene. Its consistent programme and its appropriate selection of artists (which is not solely based on commercial concerns, but always goes a step ahead of market, trends and demands), as well as its personal outlook, have contributed towards the gallery´s notoriety and uniqueness, which has helped it to participate actively in the most prestigious art fairs in the world. Together with its gallery exhibition programme, ProjecteSD pays special attention to publishing and distributing art books.



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ANN DEMEESTER
Director of De Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam)
After studying Germanic Literature and Linguistics, Ann Demeester (Bruges, 1975) started out in the art world as an editor and art critic for the newspapers De Morgen and De Financieel-Economische Tijd. Beginning in 2000, she worked as assistant curator to Jan Hoet, both at Ghent's Museum of Contemporary Art (SMAK) and at the Marta Herford Museum in Germany. From 2003 to 2006, she worked as director of W139, a contemporary art production and presentation platform in Amsterdam. In 2009 she curated the Baltic Triennial of International Art in Vilnius with Kestutis Kuizinas, and shortly afterward she was designated “cultural intendant” by Amsterdam City Council for the purpose of sharpening the debate over the role that art and culture can play in urban development processes. She is currently director of the De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam, and sits on the editorial boards of the magazines A-Prior and FR David.

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ESTRELLA DE DIEGO
Curator and Professor of Contemporary Art History (Madrid)
Estrella de Diego is an essayist and professor of Contemporary Art at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), in addition to having worked as a visiting professor at many Spanish and international universities, holding, for example, the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair of Spanish Culture and Civilization at New York University during the years 1998 and 1999. Her research focuses on gender theory, visual and postcolonial studies and the origins of modernity. She has curated many exhibitions: (“Los cuerpos perdidos. Fotografía y surrealistas” at Fundación “La Caixa” in Barcelona; “A vueltas con los sentidos” at Casa de América in Madrid; “Warhol sobre Warhol, at La Casa Encendida, also in Madrid) in addition to representing Spain at the 22nd São Paulo Biennial and at the 49th Venice Biennale. She is the author of several books, a regular columnist for the newspaper El País and the director of the Azul Mínima series for the publishing house Editorial Siruela.

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CARLOS DURAN
Galeria Senda (Barcelona)
Carlos Durán (Barcelona, 1968) graduated in geography and history from the University of Barcelona. He has been director of Senda and Espacio 2NUEVO2 galleries since 1991 and is co-director of Loop art fair and The Screen From Barcelona festival. Since 2003 he has been president of Arte Barcelona, the first association of art galleries in Spain, and formed part of the selection committees for several art fairs (ARCO, Art Brussels, Art Forum Berlin, Pulse Miami, Pulse New York, and Pulse London). He has had links to a number of art organisations and has been a member of Barcelona City Council's Board of Culture. He has taught for several different master's and postgraduate courses at Barcelona International University, Elisava design school and the University of Barcelona.

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LUISE FAURSCHOU
Faurschou Foundation (Copenhagen, Beijing)
Luise Faurschouwas born in Denmark in 1965, graduated in Film and Communication Arts from the University of Copenhagen, and later specialised in Modern Culture and Cultural Communication. Along with her brother Jens she established her first gallery, the Galleri Faurschou, in Copenhagen in 1986, and ten years later she cofounded the DCA Gallery in New York, always with the aim of raising awareness about and supporting major international contemporary artists. She has been a member of the Danish Gallery Association and the Danish Art Council since 2006. In 2007 she broke into the Asian market and opened a new branch of her gallery in Beijing, China. Later, she built on her work by opening her own foundation in Copenhagen as well as Beijing: the Faurschou Foundation. Since 2010, she has also been president of the Danish Gallery Association and a prominent memberof the Federation of European Art Galleries Association (FEAGA).

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VICTOR GISLER
Mai 36 Galerie (Zurich)
With a background in economics and business, Gisler founded the flagship space for his Mai 36 Gallery in Lucerne in 1987, which would move six years later to its current location in Zurich, in 1993. The Swiss gallerist sat on the Art Basel Committee for 12 years, resigning in 2009. For more than 20 years, Mai 36 Gallery has regularly participated in the main international art fairs of the world: Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Frieze (London), FIAC (Paris), Armory (New York) and ARCOmadrid (Madrid), among others. Married and the father of three children, he lives andworks in Zurich. His life is marked by his passion for art, architecture and contemporary design.

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CARLES GUERRA
Chief Curator of the MACBA (Barcelona)
Carles Guerra (Amposta, 1965) has been director of La Virreina Centre de la Imatge since 2009 and was recently appointed Head Conservator of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). Guerra holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona (UB) and the New School for Social Research in New York, he works as an associate professor at Pompeu Fabra Univeristy (UPF) in Barcelona, and has been a visiting professor in New York and Stockholm. Some of his notable publications include "N de Negri. Una conversación con Antonio Negri" (2000) and "Allan Sekula habla con Carles Guerra" (2005), in addition to articles in different media. He has been a voting member on the board of directors of Barcelona City Council's Institute of Culture (ICUB), and since 2009 he has been a member of the scientific committee at the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, in Belgium. That same year, he won the City of Barcelona Award in the category of visual arts.

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NOAH HOROWITZ
Director of VIP Art Fair (New York)
The American Noah Horowitz is an art historian and expert in the international art market. He has collaborated with many publications on contemporary art and economics for institutions such as the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo and the United Kingdom's Intellectual Property Office. He obtained his PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and is author of the book Art of the Deal: Contemporary Art in a Global Financial Market, published in 2011 by the University of Princeton, in which he examines and studies in detail how the current art market is structured and where it is going. Horowitz lives in New York, where he is a faculty member at Sotheby's Institute of Art, and he is the director of the VIP Art Fair, the first online international art fair.

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PIERRE HUBER
Galerie Art & Public (Geneva)
Pierre Huber (Zurich, 1941) began his foray into the world of art in the 1970s when he founded a restaurant-art gallery called L'Escapade in Cartagena, Colombia. In 1984 he opened his first gallery in Geneva, exhibiting work by some of the most important artists of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. In 1992 he was appointed to the Art Basel working committee to reorganise and create a new concept for the fair. That same year, he opened his new gallery, Art & Public, focused on discovering and promoting young international artists. He was President of the Association of Art Galleries in Switzerland and in 2000, he was both admitted into France's Order of Arts and Letters and appointed Councillor of the City of Geneva, leading the creation of a working group to compile, assess and develop specific projects with institutions and artists. In 2007, he was art director of the ShContemporary fair in Shanghai. He currently lives in Colombia.

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CASEY KAPLAN
Casey Kaplan Gallery (New York)
Casey Kaplan is the owner of the gallery of the same name, located in the Chelsea neighbourhood in New York. Founded in March 1995, it began with a single, diaphanous space of about 150 squaremetres on the upper floor of a building on Broadway. Today, his gallery operates on a street-level area of 1.500 squaremetres broken into three separate exhibition halls. At first the gallery presented new artists and organised their first solo shows. Now, those artists have become part of a global dialogue, participating in international biennials, putting on retrospective exhibitions in important museums and even receiving awards such as the famous Turner Prize. The gallery exhibits regularly at international art fairs (Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Frieze, and soon also at Artissima). In 2009, Kaplan founded the Gallery Week in New York as a way to bring the city's gallerist community together in a non commercial way, demonstrating that galleries can also be agents of non-profit education and promotion.

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SOLEDAD LORENZO
Galería Soledad Lorenzo (Madrid)
Born in Santander in 1937, Soledad Lorenzo began working in the art world in the 1970s at the Fernando Guereta Gallery. After two years she joined the Theo Gallery, where she worked for seven years. When she left, the Spanish Ministry of Culture selected her to coordinate the exhibitions of Europalia 1985, a job she held for two years until 1986, when she opened the gallery that bears her name and where she currently works. From the start, Lorenzo has worked with various artists who established their careers at the end of the 1980s (Txomin Badiola, Juan Uslé, Pello Irazu) and big names on the current Spanish art scene (Adriá Juliá, Sergio Prego, Ana Laura Aláez, Jerónimo Elespe). Internationally, the gallery collaborates with key contemporary artists in fields like painting, sculpture, photography, video and conceptual art (Louise Bourgeois, Jonathan Lasker, Robert Longo, Adriana Varejão, Tony Oursler and Julian Schnabel). In addition, Lorenzo's gallery has exhibited the work of masters such as Pablo Palazuelo, Antoni Tàpies and Hernández Pijuan, among others. Soledad Lorenzo received the 2006 Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes in June 2009 and was awarded the FEAGA European Gallery Award.

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PAUL MAENZ
Galerie Paul Maenz (Berlin)
Paul Maenz studied at the Essen design school, worked in advertising and founded the Paul Maenz Gallery in Cologne in 1970 with Gerd de Vries, putting special emphasis on conceptual art and arte povera. In the 1980s, he pioneered the exhibition of paintings from the Italian Transavantgarde and New German Art while also representing artists like Keith Haring and Jeff Koons. In 1990 he closed the gallery and handed his archive over to the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles. Since 1993 his private collection (with 450 paintings, sculptures and installations and more than 300 drawings) has been at the Neues Museum in Weimar. Maenz has lived in Berlin since 1993, where he is fully committed to the young scene and local galleries. He has published various books on 20th-century art history and has made large donations to German museums, including the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Neues Museum in Weimar and the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt.

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CLAES NORDENHAKE
Galerie Nordenhake (Berlin, Stockholm)
Nordenhake opened his first gallery in the mid-1970s in Malmö, Sweden, which moved to new facilities located in the Royal Academy of Art building in Stockholm in 1986. His gallerist work expanded in 2000 and he opened the Nordenhake Gallery in Berlin near Checkpoint Charlie. Three years later, in 2003, he became a member of the Art Basel Committee, where he still sits today. In 2005, he and six colleagues promoted the Gallery Weekend in Berlin, and two years later he moved his gallery in Berlin to a new location in Lufthansa's historic central office, in Lindenstrasse, very close to the Jewish Museum. In 2007, the gallery in Stockholm also changed location, this time to the neighbourhood of Hudiksvallsgatan. In 2008, he and his six colleagues came together again to launch the project “abc-exhibitions” in different locations in the German capital.

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GREGOR PODNAR
Galerie Gregor Podnar (Ljubljana, Berlin)
Born in 1970 in Kranj, Slovenia, Gregor Podnar obtained a degree in Art History, Ethnology and Eastern European History from the University of Cologne. He has worked as an independent curator since 1993. From 1996 to 2003, he was the art director of the SKUC Gallery, in Ljubljana. He has been curator of the Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia, co-curator of the “Information/ Disinformation” project as part of the 24th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana and co-curator of the exhibition “September Horse” at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, among other jobs. He has also been the sole curator for exhibitions by Raimond Chaves, CM Von Hausswolff, Olaf Nicolai, Roman Signer and Goran Petercol, among others. In July 2003, he opened his first gallery in his hometown, Kranj, which moved to Ljubljana two years later. In October 2007, he opened a second gallery in Berlin. Podnar also represents artists of international renown mostly established in Eastern Europe.

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ADRIAAN RAEMDONCK
Galerie De Zwarte Panter (Antwerp)
Adriaan Raemdonck was born in Pepingen in 1945. He is a renowned Belgian gallerist, and the founder of the De Zwarte Panter Gallery in Antwerp, which opened its doors in 1968. He has organised and curated numerous exhibitions, especially in Belgium, and has been an active participant in the world's major art fairs. He was a member of the founding committee of the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (1985) and president of the UBEMA (Belgium and Luxembourg's art fair). He has been president of the Belgian Association of Contemporary Art Galleries since 1997, and is the current President of the FEAGA (Federation of European Art Gallery Associations).

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JANELLE REIRING
Metro Pictures Gallery (New York)
Born in Los Angeles, Janelle Reiring graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and moved to New York, where she worked at the prestigious Leo Castelli Gallery between 1975 and 1980. In 1980, she opened the Metro Pictures Gallery with Helene Winer in a small space in the Soho neighbourhood, representing a group of young artists all putting on their first show in New York. They included Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo and Louise Lawler. The gallery grew quickly, going from a small, low-level floorspace to a larger location in the same neighbourhood, adding new international artists to its lists such as Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Tony Oursler, Jim Shaw, John Miller and Andreas Slominski. In 1997, the gallery moved to its current location in Chelsea, with important exhibitions and a commitment to new artists.

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RICARDO RESENDE
Director Centro Cultural São Paulo (São Paulo)
A professor of Art History at the University of São Paulo's (USP) School of Communication and the Arts, Ricardo Resende has focused his career on the field of museography. From 1988 to 2002, he worked at the University of São Paulo's Museum of Contemporary Art, working as an art educator, exhibition producer, museographer, assistant curator and finally, exhibition curator. Since 1996 he has curated the Leonilson Project, devoted to researching, cataloguing and disseminating information about the Brazilian artist José Leonilson. He has participated as a guest critic in the artist-in-residence programme “Lugar a Dudas” in Cali, Colombia, and has been the director of the National Foundation for the Arts' (FUNARTE) Visual Arts Centre, under the Brazilian Ministry of Culture. He is currently the general director of the Centro Cultural São Paulo.

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GUILLERMO ROMERO PARRA
Galería Parra & Romero (Madrid)
Guillermo Romero Parra (Madrid, 1978) specialised in Modern and Contemporary Art at Christie's in London, the city where he began his professional career in galleries like White Cube and Victoria Miro. Since 2004 he has led the Parra & Romero Gallery, founded by his mother, Pilar Parra, in 1993. His work at the helm of the gallery can be situated between the boundaries of minimalist art and conceptual art, committed to internationalisation and often to young artists, with a special focus on curating exhibitions. Romero Parra is also a member of the board of ArteMadrid Gallery Association.

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ROBERT TORNABELL
Professor of International Banking and Finance at ESADE (Barcelona)
A professor of International Banking and Finance at the ESADE Business School, Dr Tornabell is one of the most respected economists in Spain and Europe as a whole. Throughout his long career, he has pursued jobs of every kind: he has been the dean of ESADE; a professor at the World Bank, the Nijenrode Business School (Breukelen, Netherlands) and the International Banking Institute (United States); a member of the Advisory Council at “la Caixa” (Barcelona), of the European Financial Association and the European Foundation for Management Development (Paris and Brussels); president of the Independent Expert Panel on Catalan Savings Banks; and the author of 34 books on banking and finance, including "El Día Después de la Crisis" (The day after the Crisis), recently published by Ariel, in addition to around 1.500 articles in magazines, newspapers and specialised publications from all over the world.

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CARLOS URROZ
Director de ARCOmadrid (Madrid)
Carlos Urroz was born in Madrid in 1966. Having graduated with a degree in Business Consulting from the Pontifical University of Comillas, he completed the Business Analysis programme at Harvard University and obtained a Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University. Urroz was deputy director of ARCOmadrid from 1994 to 1998. Also in 1998, he took over leadership of the Helga de Alvear Gallery, where he actively participated in selecting artists and managing projects until 2000, working with leading museums and both national and international institutions (Art Basel, Centre Georges Pompidou, CGAC, Hamburger Banhof, MUSAC, PHotoespaña, etc.). Since 2008 he has been Plastic Arts Advisor to the Community of Madrid and since 2010 he has been the director of the International Contemporary Art Fair of the Community of Madrid, ARCOmadrid.

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BORIS VERVOORDT
Galerie Axel Vervoordt (Antwerp)
After studying in London and several years spent working as a head of customer relations, Boris Vervoordt's rise to leadership of the Axel Vervoordt Company began in 2007 and gained momentum in 2008, years marked by the first two exhibitions in the Vervoordt Foundation's trilogy: Artempo and Academia. Boris played a decisive role in fundamental transformations that changed the face of the company while strengthening ties with artists. All this work gave rise to the recent opening of the Axel Vervoordt Gallery in January 2011, which would serve as a platform for presenting solo artist exhibitions. Vervoordt has also been a member of the Chamber of Belgian Antiquarians since 2005.

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