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Judging Art: Vetting in the World’s Top Museums, Art Fairs and Collections

This panel of specialists reveals their own backstage stories about how certain outstanding objects were chosen and others eliminated and the difficult decision-making that is a part of the process.
By Linda Lees  Nov 29, 2019
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To present a truly exceptional selection of artwork, whether for a museum exhibition, an international art fair booth or a private collection, art experts must follow a strict vetting process which separates the artistic wheat from the chaff. They rely on excellent connoisseurship and at times state-of-the-art scientific tools to evaluate historical importance, condition, provenance, and various intangible factors to determine whether an artwork makes the cut. This panel of specialists reveals their own backstage stories about how certain outstanding objects were chosen and others eliminated and the difficult decision-making that is a part of the process.

Panel:

Elizabeth Szancer, Art Advisor, ESK Art and Vice-President, Association of Professional Art Advisors

Emanuela Tarizzo, Gallery Director, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art

Pierre Terjanian, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Curator in Charge, Arms and Armor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Moderator:

Susan Davidson, Art Historian and Curator, former Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, Guggenheim Museum

This program was organized in association with the Association of Professional Art Advisors.

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