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Learn how NFTs are impacting the production, consumption, and transaction of cultural objects.

Join us live online on Tuesday July 12, 6:00 – 7:00PM BST, to discuss how the emergence of NFTs in a fast-evolving digital economy is having a real world impact in a drifting art market and the general state of play in the global contemporary art eco-system.

The Zoom will be led by Kenny Schachter, Artist, Curator, Writer, Dealer and New York editor of Spike Magazine, Dean Kissick, and moderated by Sotheby's Institute faculty Ed Leeson and Catherine McCormack.

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Speaker Biographies

London-based Kenny Schachter has been curating contemporary art exhibits in museums and galleries and teaching art history and economics for nearly 30 years; presently, he is teaching in the graduate department of the University of Zurich. He has lectured internationally, been the recipient of a Rockefeller-supported grant in Mexico, and contributed to books on Paul Thek, Zaha Hadid, Vito Acconci, and Sigmar Polke/Gerhard Richter. Kenny Schachter has a regular column on in addition to writing widely for various international publications. He had a retrospective of his art at Joel Mesler’s Rental Gallery in New York in the summer of 2018, curated an exhibit at Simon Lee Gallery in London in fall 2018, and had a one-person show at Kantor Gallery, LA, in February 2019.

Dean Kissick is an editor at Spike Magazine. He was born in Germany and brought up in the Oxfordshire countryside, before moving to London at 18 to study at the Courtauld and the Royal College. Kissick has also contributed to i-D and the Guardian.

Faculty Moderators

Ed Leeson is Associate Director of The Residence Gallery. He also lectures specializing in modern and contemporary art, its markets, and wider cultural studies. He is a summer course leader at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London and a staff lecturer at TATE. He has organized exhibitions at galleries and project spaces across London.

Catherine McCormack is an art history lecturer and writer on historical and contemporary art. She completed her PhD at UCL where she was a Teaching Fellow in the art history department and she lectures for Sotheby's Institute on art from the 15th to 19th centuries. Alongside her historical specialisms, she also has an interest in feminist art theory and is the Course Leader for the Women and Art Summer School. Catherine has presented her historical research at numerous conferences internationally and has published her writing in both academic journals and in museum and gallery catalogs on contemporary art. Catherine is the author of the Art of Looking Up, a selection of essays on decorated ceilings ranging from the sixth century to the twenty-first (White Lion, 2019), and Women in the Picture, a feminist polemic about objectification and women's bodies in visual culture (Icon Books, 2020).