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WHEN: Thursday, 11 April 2019 | 18:00 – 20:00 BST
WHERE: 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3AA, United Kingdom
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Panelists Carolyn Mair, Alessandro Borruso and Flavio Gianassi explore today’s art-luxury links. Drinks reception follows.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and the launch of the Institute’s new ‘Art of Luxury’ programme, this event features a panel of experts who will discuss and debate the current state and future direction of the art-luxury nexus. Since ancient times, works of art have been created, bought, exchanged and displayed as luxury objects. Today’s vast and expanding luxury industry impacts profoundly on our culture and society, and engages with the art world in a variety of exciting and dynamic ways. Panellists Carolyn Mair, Alessandro Borruso and Flavio Gianassi will investigate the realities of today’s art and luxury links, and explore future trends, opportunities and synergies.


About the Panelists

Dr Carolyn Mair, Author, The Psychology of Fashion
Carolyn gained a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology and Computing, MSc in Research Methods and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the proud recipient of their 2017 Distinguished Contributions to Psychology Education award. She was appointed Professor of Applied Cognitive Psychology at Southampton Solent University and later, Professor of Psychology for Fashion at University of the Arts London where she created and led the world’s first Masters and Bachelors programmes to apply psychology within the broad context of fashion. She left UAL in 2017 to establish her consultancy. Her book, The Psychology of Fashion, was published by Routledge in 2018.

Alessandro BorrusoDeputy Director and Head of Sales at Sotheby’s Diamonds
Alessandro is Deputy Director and Head of Sales at Sotheby’s Diamonds. A Fellow of the Gemmological Association and of the Institute of Registered Valuers, he has over 18 years’ experience working with diamonds and fine jewellery. From sales of antique, vintage jewels and modern bespoke creations to insurance valuations including grading all the diamonds used in ‘For the Love of God’, Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull, Alessandro is a leader in the industry.

Flavio GianassiDealer and Art Advisor
Flavio Gianassi is a private dealer and art advisor and former director at Moretti Fine Art. He became the director of the London gallery from its opening in 2005, for which he managed the relationships and sales with private clients and public institutions worldwide.
His main specialisation and background are in Italian Old Masters, with a focus on the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He has participated in curating exhibitions in the galleries and at art fairs, such as TEFAF Maastricht and New York, and Frieze Masters in London. His personal interests are wide-ranging, extending from Roman and Greek antiquities to contemporary art. With twenty years of experience, his approach to the art world is based on privacy and confidentiality.

Jeffrey Boloten (moderator),Programme Leader, Art and Business Semester Course, Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Qualified in law, Jeffrey was Co-Founder and Managing Director of ArtInsight Ltd., the education partner of art market research firm, ArtTactic. He was a director with several leading international publishers, including Penguin Books, and has held posts at the Tate and as General Manager of a London art college. He now leads Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s ‘Art and Business’ programme in London. Jeffrey is a frequent speaker and lecturer at international art fairs and conferences on topics including the global art, photography, and art investment markets. He is a Founding Member of PAIAM, Professional Advisors to the International Art Market.