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Setting Standards for Art Advisors

For well over a century, art collectors have been supported by the expertise of curators, gallerists, art dealers, auction houses, and even other collectors and artists in discovering and acquiring exceptional works of art for their collections. Utilizing specialized expertise can help a collector develop their connoisseurship, expand their areas of interest, and engage more fully in the process of learning and collecting. As the art market continues to expand, advice and services for collectors have expanded and become more professionalized.

Sunday, May 14

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In this talk, the role of art professionals in the formation of private art collections are discussed from various angles. Four panelists shed light on their thinking from the perspectives of a public institution, a contemporary gallery, and an art advisor—how can these different players assist collectors in the building of their collections, and what standards should collectors expect from advisors?

TEFAF Talks are interactive panel discussions exploring today’s most fascinating topics in the worlds of art, antiques, and design. Paired with leading content partners, these talks showcase the knowledge of leading experts in the broader TEFAF community. This talk is presented in partnership with APAA and moderated by Sarah Douglas, ARTnews.


Moderator: Sarah Douglas, Editor in Chief, ARTnews

Megan Fox Kelly, Art Advisor

Megan Fox Kelly is a professional art advisor who builds and manages collections for individuals, museums, estates and foundations internationally. She advises clients on acquisitions and sales, estate planning and execution, and strategic planning for museums and artist foundations. As President of the Association of Professional Art Advisors, Megan is the definitive voice in art advisory.

Sean Kelly, Owner, Sean Kelly Gallery

Sean Kelly began established the gallery in 1991, over the past thirty years, it has garnered international attention for its collaborations with renowned cultural institutions, coordinating numerous exhibitions on behalf of its artists at an array of prestigious museums. In 2012, the gallery opened its current space in Hudson Yards, and in September 2022 opened a major new space in Los Angeles.

Colin B. Bailey, Director, The Morgan Library & Museum

Colin B. Bailey is the Director of the Morgan Library & Museum. A scholar of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art, Bailey is a specialist of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. His book, Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris, was awarded the Mitchell Prize for best art history book of 2002‒2003. He continues to write for the New York Review of Books and Burlington Magazine.

Photo: Jitske Nap, Stand of Fergus McCaffrey at TEFAF Maastricht, 2023