Christine Lee is the Founder and Managing Principal at OPENART Advisory and of Christine Lee Art Advisory, art advisories for private collectors, and corporate and hospitality clients. She has over 10 years of experience in the art industry in various roles including gallery director, senior art advisor, and senior project manager, and .Vice President of an art consulting firm based in NYC, working on art collections and projects for residential, corporate and hospitality clients. Furthermore, she trained and held numerous positions in international art galleries such as Haunch of Venison of Christie's, Arario Gallery, Martos Gallery, SUN Contemporary and Galerie Richard which allowed her to gain in-depth knowledge of the global art market.
She is also an art journalist covering international art news to 3 publications; Art Radar, The Culture Trip and Forbes, writing about contemporary art, Asian contemporary art & investing in art. She holds a Masters in Design from Pratt institute, BA in Comparative Literature, and studied Modern and Contemporary Art, Connoisseurship and History of the Art Market from Christie’s in New York.
Nicole Liphardt is based in Toronto and Paris, and is the Director of special projects for OPENART Advisory. She has been a private art adviser and apprentice working with art collectors. Previously, she worked in the advertising industry in media and client services. She studied Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and has studied art history, history, architectural history, Greek and Roman Mythology, and Egyptology at Harvard University, University of Oxford, and Yale University. In addition to completing her EMBA with HEC Paris in 2019, she also plans to complete an MLA with Harvard University in Museum Studies.
Prior to working in advertising and arts, she was an international artistic gymnast for over seventeen years. She currently studies ballet and piano, and is a member of the volunteer committee for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Helen Ho is a contemporary art advisor & specialist based in London. She manages one of the most prominent private collections of Chinese contemporary art in Europe, and has consulted with private clients, galleries and auction houses in the UK, Europe and Asia. Helen is a published author of numerous articles and dissertations on contemporary art, and is a respected researcher in contemporary art valuation and market trend analysis. A former specialist consultant to Bonhams London, Helen operates as an independent researcher and adviser, collaborating with international collectors and institutions on projects including art seminars, collectors events, touring exhibitions, collection management, as well as general acquisition and sale of artworks.
Prior to her relocation to London, Helen had a successful career in Sydney, Australia, specialising in corporate marketing and new business development. Helen holds a Master’s degree in Art Business and a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine & Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art London, as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Commerce from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Maya Mikelsone is a modern and contemporary art curator and art advisor based in Paris. Previously, she worked in several contemporary art galleries and museums including Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux. For the past few years, she’s been actively working in the art market providing full art consulting services to collectors including advising, private sales to shipment, insurance and collection management, She is also an invited lecturer at the American University of Paris.
Maya holds a Master's degree in Philosophy of Art from the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, followed by a curatorial training program at Ecole du Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble.
Farah Piriye is an independent curator and art critic based in Milan and London. She began her career at Sotheby’s, and continues to collaborate on projects with the auction house, In addition, she trained at Alon Zakaim Fine Art Gallery and Opera Gallery; and later appointed to curate two editions of a 100-day-long ‘Buta Festival of Arts’, overseeing large and small-scale exhibitions at well established venues across the UK.
Furthermore, she has been curating international contemporary exhibitions focusing on cultural exchange, issues of internationality and inter-religious dialogue. She contributes to various publications and runs Walking in Art Rhythm blog; and considers writing an integral part of her curatorial practice. In 2019, Farah co-founded a non-profit organisation ZEITGEIST19 in Milan, Italy. A research-led socio-cultural hub that presents a panorama of multidisciplinary panels and curated talks with emerging artists as well as pioneers of art and culture, ZG19 is an alternative platform that acts as an intersection of art & sustainability.
Farah earned her Master’s degree in History of Fine and Decorative Arts at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, later receiving her second MA degree in Curation, Culture, and Criticism at Central Saint Martin’s in London.
Wendy Lauwers is an organiser of art events and PR based in Monaco. She is the founder of Multi Arts Events, and has organized events in Monaco, Paris, Cap d’Ail, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, and in Hamburg while also providing an online platform to showcase her artists works for her collectors. Notable dignitaries, royals, VIPs, and some of the region’s most prolific collectors attend her events. Through Multi Arts Events, she showcases artists including sculptors, painters, authors, photographers, and collaborates in the production and media communication of the events in the Principality of Monaco and elsewhere.
Her background includes foreign languages, followed by a degree in psychology with infinite interest in interpreting humans in its complex diversity. It became clear to her that art is a major societal vector and a particularly promising medium in the exchange of ideas. Thus, she created a platform for the development of artistic projects and events in the art industry.
Marguerite de Boisbrunet
Marguerite de Boisbrunet is an associate art advisor based in Paris. She works at Artcurial, one of the leading French auction houses where her role entails helping to develop relationships with partners, institutions and clients. She specialized in modern and contemporary art, and worked in various sectors in the art industry as research assistant, editorial assistant and as administrator at Aguttes Auction House. Previously, she started her training at Christie’s, Old Masters Drawing department in Paris, In all her positions, Marguerite focuses on providing outstanding client service.
Marguerite holds a Master's degree of Art History from the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a Bachelor's Degree in both Art History & English at Institut Catholique de Paris.
Carley Nolan is based in New York City, working on exhibitions for OPENART. She is currently in the process of completing her Masters in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute in New York. She co-curated her first exhibition titled, “Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going?” in May 2019, which included nine contemporary artists, featuring works in various mediums including paintings, photography, sculpture and installation. The curatorial concept was based on how humans experience changing places and shifting times.
Previously, she received a BA in English Literature, was a welfare volunteer in Guyana, served in a wine tasting room on The East End, taught English in Prague, and worked in account management with Uber. All the while, art has been the medium she has sought to delve into, through reading, writing, and traveling. For her, the world of art is about the experience, conversation, and creating projects.
Claudia Chung is an intern at OPENART Advisory in New York. She is currently working on a BA in Art History with a concentration in Psychology from Columbia University. She previously held internships at the Asia Society and Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong, and Independent Art Fair in New York. She’s been taking classes on 19th and 20th Century art as well as classes on collecting and collections.
Claudia has been involved in the arts since a young age, and her series of self-portraits earned her awards at the Juried Exhibition at the Milton Art Centre, including the Scholastic Art Silver Key Award. She plans on studying in Paris to learn more about French artists, and immerse herself in different cultures.