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The Art Business Conference returns to New York in 2024, for a full day conference on May 23 followed by a brunch event 11-1pm on May 24 entitled, Learning Exchange: Collaborative, interdisciplinary and dynamic approaches to learning. 

For all those involved in buying, selling or caring for art, whether as a gallery owner, operations director, art advisor, studio manager, foundation, private collector, auctioneer or museum professional, this conference covers the key aspects of running an art business or collection.  

The first day (May 23) will focus on many of the operational aspects of running an art organization including leadership & management in the art world, the practical application of AI in art business, litigation, and the art of public engagement.  

The conference will include talks, Q&A panel discussions and workshops, where industry experts will share specialist advice and insight on the market from best practice to the latest updates in legislation and tech.  In the Business Pavilion, attendees can meet speakers and our exhibitors to continue the discussions and expand their art business network.   

Join us also on Friday May 24 (11-1pm) for our day two event: Learning Exchange: Collaborative, interdisciplinary and dynamic approaches to learning.

Learning Exchange will activate Hauser & Wirth's 18th Street location as a space for knowledge sharing, dialogues, partnerships, and collaborations to increase access to arts for all. We hope you can join us and experience what it feels like to participate and engage in art encounters in the gallery setting. The event is located at Hauser & Wirth , 443 W 18th St, 10011.

Ticket prices include entry to all sessions, breakfast networking, refreshments, lunch and post-conference networking drinks plus our Day 2 event (above).  Please be sure to confirm your attendance at both days on our application order form. 


Thursday May 23, 2024 

The complete schedule will be available here shortly, in the meantime, please meet our confirmed speakers and sessions below ⬇️

Con Artists: Discussions Around Fraud in the Art World

Have you ever wondered how international art fraud cases progress through the US judicial system? How long does it take? How do victims recover and what happens after fraudsters sell their stories? Attorneys Wendy Lindstrom and Sharon Cohen Levin dive into the workings of fraud investigation, indictment, 5th Amendment rights, seizure, sentencing, restitution and early release. 

Speakers: Wendy Lindstrom (Mazzola Lindstrom), Sharon Levin Cohen (Sullivan & Cromwell)

The Art of Public Engagement

Public engagement in the arts sector refers to a wide range of initiatives by artists, institutions, educators, programmers, policymakers, and communicators to engage audiences through and with art. These initiatives paint a wide and diverse landscape, as they directly respond to the complexity of the arts sector itself. Our panel conversation will bring together thought leaders from the charity, institution, foundation and education perspectives to explore the initiatives within New York that are proactively supporting public engagement in the visual arts.  The panel will discuss successes and opportunities where the public and private sector are able to strengthen public engagement and interaction with art and artists. 

Speakers: Laurie M Tisch (Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund), Calder Zwicky (Artistic Noise), Debbie Hillyerd (Hauser & Wirth), Rika Burnham (Columbia University)

Leading Questions for the Art World

What is leadership in the art world today?  Key priorities and challenges. In what should be a lively panel discussion with active audience participation, we will discuss the demands, qualities and shifting landscape of leadership in today’s art world.  With business models changing, evolving audiences, shifting generational expectations from both clients and employees coupled with a complex cultural environment, today’s business owner, leader and manager is required to have a broad range of skills and approaches.  Cat Manson, Executive Coach, will ask the panel of leaders for their definitions, experiences and thoughts on priorities and best practice as we discuss the difference between management and leadership, alternative styles, and the key priorities facing executives and owners today.

Speakers: Amanda Lo Iacono (Phillips), Frank Lasry (FWL Consulting) and Cat Manson (Executive Coach & Consultant)

Networking Presentation

Insight-Driven Innovation: Convelio's AI Journey Enhancing Your Art Shipping. Speaker: David Griffiths (Convelio)

Meet our Conference Chair

Julia Halperin 

Julia Halperin is an arts and culture journalist, editor, and co-founder of the Burns Halperin Report, the largest report of its kind tracking equity and representation in the art world. She is a contributor to the New York TimesW magazine, and the Financial Times, among other publications. She also serves as editor at large of CULTURED magazine and a contributing editor to The Art Newspaper, where she writes a monthly column about changes and challenges in American art museums. From 2017 to 2022, she was executive editor of ArtnetNews. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, New York magazine, and WIRED magazine.

Meet our speakers

Amanda Lo Iacono  

Amanda Lo Iacono was appointed Phillips’ Deputy CEO in January 2024.

With well-over a decade of experience in the arts and finance spheres, Amanda has played a pivotal role in spearheading Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art Department’s growth. Since joining the company in 2016, she held the roles of Business Manager, Head of Evening Sale, and Head of Department before being promoted to Global Managing Director for the 20th Century & Contemporary Art department in 2022.

Under her tenure, Phillips’ New York Evening Sales achieved numerous records and industry-leading sell-through rates in excess of 90% by lot and value. Underscoring Amanda’s relationships in the collecting community, she has consigned several important works by blue-chip artists, including Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Hepworth, Jean Dubuffet, Carmen Herrera, Damien Hirst, and Amy Sherald. 

In 2023, Amanda was responsible for spearheading the launch of Phillips’ Dropshop, an innovative new digital platform offering limited-edition releases of primary market art and objects in partnership with the artists, collaborators, and brands defining contemporary culture. Creators who are featured on Dropshop receive a resale royalty commission for any work purchased from the platform that is subsequently re-offered at Phillips—an industry first.

Prior to joining Phillips, she held specialist positions on Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary team during a period of record-breaking sales. In her time at Christie’s, she also spearheaded the expansion of Online Sales in Europe. 

Before to embarking on her career in the art world, Amanda was an Associate at J.P. Morgan Asset Management where she assisted in managing a portfolio of 20 funds in the Global Multi-Asset Group with assets under management of over $3.5 billion. 

Amanda gained a BA with Honours in History of Art from Oxford University and an MA with Distinction in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, where she focused on Modern and Postmodern art with specialization in Surrealism.

Laurie M. Tisch  

Laurie M. Tisch is the President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, which aims to increase access and opportunity for all New Yorkers and foster healthy, vibrant communities. Ms. Tisch’s philanthropy stems from her family’s legacy of giving in New York City, from years of experience serving on boards, building institutions, and developing partnerships, and from an engaged civic life.

She is a former Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art and former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, serves on the Board of Directors at The Juilliard School, and is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute. She is also a co-owner and member of the Board of Directors of the New York Football Giants. She and her daughters Emily Tisch Sussman and Carolyn Tisch Blodgett are among the owners of Gotham FC, the NY/NJ National Women’s Soccer League team.

Ms. Tisch is Chair Emeritus of the Center for Arts Education and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). Ms. Tisch led CMOM’s transformation and expansion from a neighborhood-based storefront into a citywide institution that is now recognized as a national leader in health, education, and the arts.


 Currently, she is co-chairing a capital campaign to build a new home for CMOM on Central Park West and 96th Street, which will also become a base for their citywide programs serving families in the shelter system and incarcerated mothers and fathers and their children.

Ms. Tisch is a recipient of many awards for philanthropy and public service and received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University. She was presented the Key to the City of New York at Gracie Mansion and was twice named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women by Crain’s New York Business. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from New York Foundation for the Arts and was honored with the United Way of New York City’s 10th Anniversary Power of Women to Make a Difference Award and by the New York Women’s Foundation. She has also received the Lincoln Center Distinguished Service Award. 

Alex Glauber  

Alex Glauber is an art advisor, curator, and educator based in New York. He is the founder and principal of AWG Art Advisory, where he works with private individuals, corporations, and institutions in the conceptualization, building and management of fine art collections. Previous to founding AWG Art Advisory in 2009, Glauber served as an assistant curator for the Lehman Brothers and Neuberger Berman art collections from 2006 to 2009. In that role, he focused on the acquisition of works by emerging to mid-career contemporary artists, and installed throughout the firm’s worldwide offices. Glauber has curated monographic and thematic group exhibitions at venues as varied as the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, Phillips auction, and Bryant Park, as well as at galleries such as Lisson Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Chapter NY, Dickinson, David Lewis Gallery, and Casey Kaplan. Glauber holds a BA in Art History from Bowdoin College and an MA in Arts Administration from NYU. He has served on the faculty of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and developed courses for the Art Business program on the art market and collection building and management. Glauber has lectured on the art market and collecting strategies at Tsignhau University in Beijing, the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, the Rubell Collection in Miami, and a variety of financial institutions. He is a board member of the The Brooklyn Rail and the president of the APAA (Association of Professional Art Advisors).

Sharon Chrust    

Sharon Chrust is an independent art appraiser and advisor; in 2003 she founded Sharon Chrust & Associates. She is a Certified member of the Appraisers Association of America with a specialization in Post-War, Contemporary and Emerging Art, and is the Immediate Past President of the Board of the organization. She is an instructor for the AAA CASP program teaching “Appraisal Writing Workshop” since 2016; prior to CASP she taught the class, as an adjunct instructor, at New York University.  Sharon Chrust has been President of the Board of a non-profit arts space, Franklin Street Works, and director of the Waterside Art Gallery, both located in Stamford, CT.  Sharon has participated in a number of national and international panels, and discussions on art and art appraising, in cities as diverse as Shanghai, New York City, Greenwich, and Sarasota, and has been quoted in articles in Artnews, and Artsy. She has a Masters in Art History from Hunter College, and a BA from Boston University.

Debbie Hillyerd  

Debbie Hillyerd is Hauser & Wirth’s Senior Director of Learning, overseeing the development of global learning, philanthropy and charitable projects across the organization. Prior to this, Hillyerd lectured at Bath Spa University, University of the West of England, Northbrook College and Loughborough University in the UK, teaching Critical Studies, Fine Art and Curatorial Practice. Her career in education spans over 30 years, during this time she has written and consulted for various international institutions in the education sector.

Photo credit: Daniel Schäfer 

Jennifer Schipf 

Jennifer Schipf is AXA XL’s Global Chief Underwriter for Fine Art & Specie. In this role she is responsible for setting worldwide strategy, Underwriting guidelines and ultimate profitability. She’s been dedicated to the highly specialized market of fine art underwriting for nearly twenty years and helped establish the AXA Art Prize. She previously led the organization’s North American Fine Art & Specie team while also serving as leader of Broker and Client Management for North American Specialty.  Prior to joining AXA XL in 2008, she led the US Fine Art underwriting practice at another carrier and held various roles in claims, settling losses and performing loss control assessments for private collector clients. 

She started her career with a research position in the Old Master Drawings department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. followed by development roles at both the Chazen Museum and Tandem Press, in Madison, WI.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Economics from Georgetown University with a concentration in the Italian Renaissance and Patronage of the Papacy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is actively engaged in various arts organizations, teaches fine art underwriting courses and regularly participates in industry educational conferences. 

Wendy Lindstrom 

Founding partner of Mazzola Lindstrom, a firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles and both national and global reach, Wendy Lindstrom draws upon 25 years’ experience as a seasoned litigator, bringing deep industry knowledge to her practice. She is a leading lawyer in the field of art law and is highly regarded for her expertise, providing specialized counsel on art law, cultural property issues, intellectual property, antiquities, jewelers block, transportation, cargo, international and interstate commerce as well as complex commercial transactions.

Wendy’s competency, discretion and client-focused approach is sought out by institutional and private clients alike, comprising the sector’s leading museums, auction houses, galleries, collectors, advisers, artists, and dealers. She has overseen some of the most high-profile cases in the art world, achieving multi-million dollar recoveries for her clients. Wendy has successfully transacted and litigated domestic and international disputes concerning art, antiques, antiquities, stamps, rare wines, watches, jewelry, collectibles, yachts, NFTs and specie markets including fraud and damage. She drafts and negotiates loan agreements, consignment agreements, bills of sale, artist dealer agreements, fine art logistics agreements, terms and conditions and many other types of art related contracts.

Wendy is regularly called upon by noteworthy media publications for commentary on art law and is a frequent participant in speaking engagements lending her industry expertise on panels and conferences. In 2023 she was named a top lawyer on the ArtNews Top Art Professionals List. Her commitment to the sector is exemplified by her service and affiliation to several not-for-profit arts groups including Art Table, POW Arts, the International Foundation for Art Research and the Maritime Law Association. Wendy is an avid contemporary art collector and has been instrumental in building the firm’s corporate collection in addition to her own private collection.

Rika Burnham 

Rika Burnham is a museum educator, leading theorist, and passionate advocate for the experience of art. Currently Lecturer at Columbia University, she was previously Head of Education at the Frick Collection, Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Project Director for TIME/Teaching Institute for Museum Education at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by MassArt and twice named a Getty Museum Scholar. Through workshops, conference presentations, and publications, including her important pedagogical text Teaching in the Art Museum, Burnham has influenced the praxis of art museum educators and docents across the country.

Frank Lasry

Born in France and raised between France and Morocco, Frank Lasry studied Business Management before working as a commodity trader. After an MBA in 2002,he joined Christie's and worked in several managerial positions in Paris, London, Dubai, and Hong Kong in Operations and Business Management. In 2015, he joined Phillips, in London, as Chief Operating Officer, then joined Art Basel in charge of all operations, financial management and huma resources. Within Art Basel, Frank led the launch of Art Basel in Paris. 

A senior leader with experience in operations management, financial management and business strategy, his expertise lies in international team management, new business launch, large-scale project leadership and execution and M&A projects. Frank has an extensive experience working across Europe, New York, Middle-East and Asia. 

Calder Zwicky

Calder Zwicky is the Executive Director of Artistic Noise, a Harlem-based nonprofit that works to build community with system-impacted young people through the empowering and therapeutic potential of the arts. Artistic Noise runs a variety of paid arts-based programs for young adults, including yearly youth art shows, a weekly alternatives-to-incarceration initiative at Midtown Community Justice Center, and a free therapeutic drop-in program at the School of Visual Arts. Prior to his role at Artistic Noise, Calder worked as the Assistant Director for Teen and Community Partnerships at the Museum of Modern Art, a role that oversaw programming for a wide-range of nonprofit organizations working with court-involved youth, post-incarcerated adults, HIV/AIDS organizations, refugee service groups, drug treatment facilities, and more. He has worked for a variety of museums and arts institutions throughout his career including the Walker Art Center, the Queens Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

David Griffiths

David Griffiths, Convelio's Chief Product Officer (CPO), brings over 13 years of expertise in supply chain technology. His passion for innovation in logistics led him to excel in roles spanning warehouse management, enterprise order management, freight forwarding, transportation management, sourcing, compliance, and tracking. David holds a degree in Mathematics and gained valuable insights during his tenure at prominent companies such as Manhattan Associates, EV Cargo, and project44, earning accolades for his contributions to supply chain technology and logistics optimisation. His strategic leadership and deep industry knowledge drive Convelio's product development initiatives, ensuring tailored solutions for shipping delicate and valuable artworks.

Cat Manson

Cat Manson is a qualified Executive Coach who specializes in supporting leaders in the art world and those navigating career change.  Previously she served as Chief of Staff to the CEO and as Global Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Christie’s. Over her tenure, she worked with five Chief Executives over 25 years and several management teams. Cat was one of the youngest women to be appointed a Senior Director at the auction house and has long campaigned for better access, equality, and talent retention. She led two task forces, focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion whose recommendations resulted in the introduction of significantly improved and creative global support policies.

In 2020, Cat co-founded of Art Market Mentors, a global cross-industry mentoring program promoting support and access in the commercial art world. To date, the mentoring scheme has engaged with over 5,000 individuals and matched nearly 500 mentoring partnerships internationally.

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