Art Advising Panel Discussion at Sotheby’s Institute on April 1st

Art Advising 2.0 : Vertigo & Accountability

Wed., April 1st Panel Discussion and Dialogue: 6.00-7.30 PM Wine and Cheese Reception: 7.30-8.30 PM

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 570 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

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The rise of the art advisor tracks the globalization of art business. Art advisors act as a bridge to new classes of collectors, but the role is often not clearly defined. Gallerists, dealers, art fairs and collectors encounter a heterogeneous profession. This event explores current ethical and business questions that art advising creates and the legal obligations that their relationships rely on.


Dr. Noah Horowitz, Managing Director of The Armory Show and author of Art of the Deal: Contemporary Art in a Global Financial Market (2014). His writings and interviews on contemporary art and economics have appeared in The New York Times, The Observer,, Das Handelsblatt and ArtTactic. He holds a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Megan Fox Kelly, board member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors. She specializes in, and is a frequent speaker on, advising private collectors, museums, foundations, estates and trusts on buying and selling post-war and contemporary art.  She is a U.S.P.A.P. certified appraiser, has a Certificate of Appraisal Studies from New York University, and holds an MA in the History of Art from Brown University.

Sean Kelly was trained as an artist, became a Curator, Museum Director and Director of the Bath International Festival in Britain. He moved to New York in 1989 and opened his eponymous gallery in 1995. A successful and edgy visionary with a political sensibility, Sean Kelly represents a paradigmatic group of contemporary artists including Marina Abramović, Antony Gormley, Rebecca Horn, Joseph Kosuth, James Casebere, and Kehinde Wiley. He is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America and is on the advisory boards of a number of educational and arts organizations worldwide.

Dr. Richard M. Lehun, Esq. is a founding member of the New York Stropheus Art Law collective, responsible for artist-gallery, consignor-auction house, agency, and other fiduciary relationships. He completed a doctorate in fiduciary law from McGill University while cross appointed as a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. Richard Lehun has a Magister in Aesthetics from the Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, and a fine arts diploma from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb).


Judith B. Prowda, Esq. is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator focused on art law, copyright, entertainment and commercial law. She is Senior Lecturer at Sotheby's Institute of Art and author of Visual Arts and the Law: A Handbook for Professionals (2013). She is Past Chair of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and is Chair of the Section's Committee on Fine Arts and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. In addition, she is a member of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Art Advising 2.0 - Vertigo & Accountability is a collaboration amongst Sotheby's Institute of Art, the Association of Professional Art Advisors, and Stropheus Art Law.


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