Gurr Johns: Perspectives sees our specialists share their views, opinions and insights about the art world.
In the latest in the series, Ben Clark (CEO) and Mark Adams (Senior Art Advisor, London) discuss the shifting dynamics in the global art market, reflect on new and emerging trends, as well as one or two which aren’t quite as transparent as they might seem..
*How has a day in the life of a Gurr Johns Art Advisor changed in the past 15 months?
Ben Clark (B.C.) Being grounded in London and unable to visit clients and engage with them in real time and space has been a huge challenge for all of us. The silver lining is that as a global team, we have really pulled together. With offices in three key continents and access to an international network of over 50 specialists has meant we can genuinely be the eyes and ears on behalf of our clients and that has been a huge advantage.
As advisors, our role as ‘filter’ has become ever more critical over this period. With the benefit of objectivity, my current default position is to be highly selective and act with caution – whether at auction or private treaty sale. However, I have unearthed my passport and I can’t wait to jump on a plane.
Mark Adams (M.A.) Personal contact or the lack of it– I long to meet my clients face-to-face again and to look at art with them. However business-like we have all become, I think that the majority of players in this industry joined because they love art. I’ve really missed the experience of standing with a client in front of a great painting and watch as it does its work, enchanting them. It’s the best experience in the world.