Conversations | Growing Sideways: a Counter-intuitive Approach to the Art Market

As the prospect of impending recessions brings back to the fore old narratives of expansion and contraction, galleries reconsider the wisdom of growth through more bricks-and-mortar spaces in global art hubs. Are there viable alternatives to the 20th century model of continuous economic growth? Gallerists, economists, and experts discuss meaningful ways of measuring success and maximizing resilience outside the traditional centers and channels of power.

Curated in collaboration with Tim Schneider, Art Business Editor, Artnet News, New York

Omayra Alvarado-Jensen, Executive Director, Instituto de Visión, Bogota and New York
Leopol Jose Maria Mones Cazon, Director, Isla Flotante Gallery, Buenos Aires
Anna Raginskaya, Investing with Impact Director, Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley, New York
Felix Salmon, Chief Financial Correspondent, Axios, and podcast host, Slate Money, New York
Moderator: Tim Schneider, Art Business Editor, Artnet News, New York

Omayra Alvarado-Jensen is the co-founder and Executive Director of Instituto de Visión, a Latin America gallery based in Bogotá and New York. Founded in Bogotá in 2014 along with her business partners Beatriz López and Karen Abreu, the gallery represents some of the most relevant of contemporary practices from Latin America, giving special attention to female voices, environmental activism, conflicts of migration, and other critical positions that challenge the established order. In her role as Executive Director Omayra leads the sales initiatives globally, studies the market and developes the business strategy for the gallery.

Leopol Jose Maria Mones Cazon lives and works in Buenos Aires. In 2013, he was appointed Director of Isla Flotante to professionalize the gallery initially constituted as an artists’ collective. He is co-founder and former president of Meridiano, the Argentine Art Galleries Association and has been involved in contemporary art since 2008 in collaboration with the artist Marcos Perearnau, exhibiting his work on a number of occasions between 2008–2014. He is also a professional agronomist engineer and entrepreneur in dairy farming.

Anna Raginskaya is a financial advisor with the Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley – a boutique, women-led practice that supports clients in arts and culture with their investment needs. Her focus is on sustainable investing, helping investors to advance change in areas of environmental and social justice. In addition to addressing their clients’ financial needs, the Blue Rider Group facilitates introductions between philanthropists and non-profits, raises awareness about organizations and helps support cultural projects.

Felix Salmon, the chief financial correspondent at Axios, is an award-winning writer, editor, and podcaster. The host of the weekly Slate Money podcast, he was previously the finance blogger at Condé Nast Portfolio and Reuters. His first book, The Phoenix Economy, will be published by HarperCollins in May 2023.

Tim Schneider is Art Business Editor for Artnet News, co-producer of the Artnet News podcast The Art Angle, and writer of the conversation-starting, industry-analysis column, The Gray Market. His work draws from a decade-long career in the gallery sector and research into economics, technology, data analysis, and related subjects. He has lectured or participated in panel discussions at Art Basel’s Conversations series, the Talking Galleries symposium, the Art Business Conference, and numerous arts nonprofits and universities in the US. In 2017, he published his first book, The Great Reframing: How Technology Will – and Won’t – Change the Gallery System Forever.

The Art Basel Miami Beach 2022 Conversations program is curated by Emily Butler.
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