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March 2021


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Gurr Johns: Perspectives sees our specialists share their views, opinions and insights about the art world. In the first of the series, Shea Goli shares her thoughts on the contemporary market during COVID-19 including market trends, NFTs, and the artists on her radar.

What has surprised you most about the contemporary market’s response to the global pandemic? 

Fifteen years ago, the pandemic would have been disastrous for the art market so thankfully advances in digital technology have enabled the art world to adapt quickly and move completely online.  While Zoom, social media and Clubhouse chats have been helpful, and no doubt long overdue in our industry, they can’t begin to replicate the in real life experience of standing in front of a work of art or chance meetings at an art fair or gallery opening.  Even the most impressive online viewing rooms have simply reinforced to our advisory team at Gurr Johns the importance of the non-digital space as a channel for discovering new art and engaging in personal relationships.  There is a certain momentum and energy to selling art that cannot be captured digitally.

As a contemporary art advisor, it’s really tricky to work in this context and with so many obstacles; our business is based on relationships and you can’t underestimate the value that clients place on our specialist insights and access.  That said, while restrictions have been challenging, they have also highlighted the need for change. The push to digital in a mostly antiquated business has provided new and exciting opportunities for artists and new collectors, as well as showing us that we can all afford to slow down when it comes to travel and art fairs!

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This year, Gurr Johns and ESA Business School are pleased to celebrate the fifth anniversary of a successful partnership offering the leading art business course in the Middle East.

This enterprising initiative was launched in 2016 when Diane Abela, Gurr Johns’s Director for the Middle East, was approached by two Lebanese art experts who proposed a partnership with the Ecole Superieure des Affaires (ESA Business School) in Beirut to create a highly specialised Art Business Course. In the past five years, more than seventy alumni have completed the six-month course; participants have included professionals and collectors, all of whom have been given the opportunity to gain specialised knowledge and insight into the most important relevant aspects of the art business from valuations, marketing and market trends to art law and finance.  The course culminates in a four-day trip to London organised by Diane which includes exclusive access to museums, galleries, auction houses and artist studios.

Diane Abela, Director for the Middle East, Gurr Johns: “Having launched this initiative only five years ago, it’s amazing to think that our partnership with ESA has already seen more than seventy particpants in the Middle East graduate from the Arts Management course, and it’s really encouraging that demand continues to grow. The alumni community is a diverse group; from collectors and enthusiasts to finance and law professionals who had sought expert insight into the art world, as well as post-graduates now employed at galleries across Europe and the Middle East. Gurr Johns is extremely grateful to ESA for being such professional partners and we look forward to welcoming more participants and to growing the alumni community internationally in years to come.”

Maxence Duault, General Director of the ESA Business School: “We’re very pleased to have partnered with Gurr Johns and to now offer the leading art business course in the region. Their expertise and values complement our dedication to academic excellence, and we look forward to this partnership continuing to thrive for many years to come.”