The Role of Art Fairs in Building a Contemporary Collection

Date: Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: UBS Financial Services, 1501 K Street, NW, Washington, DC

Moderated by Fernando Silva Pinto, this panel discussion featured collector Dani Levinas, curator Joanna Marsh (Smithsonian American Art Museum), and gallerist Amy Raehse (Goya Contemporary) discussing their experiences with art fairs, tips for negotiating them, and their role in building a contemporary collection.

Organized by Washington Project for the Arts in partnership with UBS Financial Services, Inc., this forum was part of a series of stimulating conversations on current art concepts and trends, which gave artists, curators, and collectors an opportunity to gain insight on new directions in contemporary art.

About the Panelists

Dani Levinas has been collecting contemporary art for over 30 years with his wife, Mirella. Together, they have amassed an impressive collection of sculpture, painting, drawing, photography video, and artist books by such established artists as León Ferrari, Vik Muniz, Cildo Meireles, Matthew Barney, Olafur Eliasson, and Liliana Porter among others. The collection also prominently features a number of younger artists from Latin America as well as DC-based artists, including Dan Steinhilber and Avish Khebrehzadeh. Dani and Mirella Levinas regularly travel the world to visit artists’ studios, art fairs, and exhibitions.

Joanna Marsh is The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Prior to joining the Smithsonian in 2007, she served as Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut where she curated exhibitions of emerging and mid-career artists, including Jonathan Horowitz, Iona Rozeal Brown and Kota Ezawa.  Marsh holds an MA in Post-War and Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute, London.  Her recent projects include Jean Shin: Common Threads, Local Color: Washington Painting at Midcentury, and Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow at the American Art Museum.

Amy Raehse is the Executive Director and Curator at Goya Contemporary/Goya-Girl Press in Baltimore, MD. Goya Contemporary promotes the art and culture of our time by presenting new works and ideas through curatorial practice, texts and catalogues, print publishing, artist representation, and by encouraging artistic collection. Goya-Girl Press works with artists to create unique fine art editions. Established in 1996, the press has completed hundreds of projects collaborating with myriad artists throughout the country. For over 11 years, Goya has participated in art fairs in Miami, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, among other locations.

About the Moderator:

Fernando Silva Pinto is the Washington correspondent for TV Globo and a program host and commentator for the 24-hour news channel GloboNews. He is the founder of the independent production company IDEA Television. Mr. Silva-Pinto started his career as a reporter for a leading São Paulo newspaper, Jornal da Tarde, in 1971. Five years later, he became a correspondent for TV Globo, the largest broadcaster in Latin America, and since then has been posted to Buenos Aires, New York, London, and Washington. He has lived in DC since 1986.