Athena Art Finance is pleased to announce that Naomi Baigell, Managing Director, will be participating in this Year’s Armory Show Panel series Friday March 8th 5-6pm.

From Investment to Connoisseurship — Debating Major Shifts in Collecting

Bringing together a diverse cast of notable art world figures, this panel will examine the question: what does it mean to be a collector today? Charting major shifts in the art market—from its global proliferation through art fairs, social media, and increasing speculation from investors—how has the notion and practice of collecting changed over the last quarter century? What are the mid- and long-term effects of these shifts, and what role does the art community at large play in cultivating connoisseurship over investment?


Moderator: Melanie Gerlis, Art Market Columnist, Financial Times, London, United Kingdom

Participants: Sean Kelly, Owner, Sean Kelly, New York; Daniel Sallick, Chair of the Hirshhorn Board of Trustees, and co-founder of Subject Matter, Washington DC; Lisa Schiff, Art Advisor, New York; Pedro Barbosa, Collector, São Paulo, Brazil; Naomi Baigell, Managing Director, Athena Art Finance New York