New York Times: Art Leaders Network

New York Times: Art Leaders Network

This April, The New York Times gathers a mix of artists, industry experts and prolific tastemakers to Berlin to address the most pressing issues surrounding practitioners, galleries and auction houses. Art Leaders Network considers the future of the industry – from its wider economic value to the effects of the mega dealer on contemporary institutions.

The two-day summit, hosted by esteemed culture reporter Robin Pogrebin, provides a wealth of provocative discussions that consider the most pressing topics today, looking at how we view, consider and purchase art in the 21st century. Moderated by senior members of the New York Times team, these imaginative and vital talks are further enhanced by a variety of creative minds, introducing some of the biggest names in contemporary practice.

For the 2018 edition, this encompasses global ambassadors, influencers and gallery founders, including Glenn D. Lowry (Director of MoMA), Dr Tristram Hunt (Director of the V&A), Dominique Lévy (Co-Founder and Partner of Lévy Gorvy), Michael Govan (Director of LACMA) and Daniel H. Weiss (President and CEO of The Met). Examining topics such as The Future of Art Museums, Rising Art Centers and The Obsession with Contemporary Art, the discussions ultimately ask the question: what is next?

Other topics foreground the progressive nature of art as a mechanism for understanding the human condition. Art in a World of Disruption. Asia: The Next Market Frontier and Art in the Age of Technology are two such examples, which, combined with blockbuster visionaries including Chinese activist Ai Weiwei, consider how creative expression can offer a reflective space for audiences. Joining Weiwei – a figure commended for strong aesthetic statements that resonate with a geopolitically uncertain world –  is Polish sculptor Alicja Kwade and Danish-Icelandic Olafur Eliasson. Engaging with arts policy-making and issues of sustainability, Eliasson’s work is part of a wider movement of ecological and spatial consciousness.

The New York Times Art Leaders Network promises to consider all angles of the industry with an introspective and critical eye, truly engaging with the value of art as an integral and necessary component of an increasingly global world. Taking place at ewerk Mauerstrausse 79 Berlin, 25-26 April. For a full list of speakers:

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1. Olafur Eliasson, Your rainbow panorama, 2006-2011. ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark. Credit: Studio Olafur Eliasson.