Frances Zeman, FASA
ASA Personal Property Conference March 25-27, 2015
Issues in Determining the Authenticity of Visual Art and Objects, the Catalogue Raisonné, Art Scholarship and Value in the Marketplace
With optional Field Trip on March 28th to
Princeton University Museum, Sculpture Collection and Libraries
Message from the Conference Chair
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Registration for the conference is open and there has been an excellent response so far. Those of you who have already registered are going to have an outstanding experience; I want to expand on this here a bit for you, and for the benefit of those who have not yet registered. I have been actively engaged in the appraisal profession since 1980 and many of you know that I appraise fine art, antiques/decorative arts, residential contents and oriental rugs. As appraisers, we are interested in a wide range of “stuff”; even though we may not be familiar enough with these properties to appraise them, we know that there are universal issues that have the potential to affect information and advice we are going to provide to our clients. The educational and networking opportunities at this conference were developed with the idea that they will be pertinent to all areas of Personal Property.
It doesn’t matter if you appraise numismatics, wine, jewelry, African sculpture, ethnographic arts, photography, textiles, musical instruments, automotive, books, furniture, fine art, silver, porcelain, 20th century decorative arts – you name it (forgive me if I left something out): we all deal with the issues that are going to be discussed at the March conference. While there may be differences in the types of properties being appraised, each one of us must deal with issues of provenance, title, authenticity, scholarship and technology – each one of these issues has the potential to affect value. How strong can our argument for value be if we don’t at least consider these important factors? Many of us of have been attending conferences for years: through ASA, compeer organizations, museums, foundations and educational societies. Each is special in its own way: what makes this conference so unique is that there are speakers participating who do not usually present at conferences; you may recognize their names. Every one of the speakers was more than enthusiastic when asked to participate and will bring us fresh and up-to-date information and viewpoints that will contribute to expanded expertise, and to making changes that will contribute to making us better at what we do. Appraisal students, this conference was also developed with you in mind.
You will also notice that there are several ASA appraisers listed as presenters. Our organization has some brilliant minds and seasoned practitioners from whom we will learn. Think about the learning and networking opportunities; learn how to problem solve though someone else’s experience. Meet and engage with the speakers who are dealers, scholars and researchers; reach out and open a path of communication that cannot help but to enable and enhance you as a professional appraiser. The process of “authentication” is complicated and challenging, even to the extent of its meaning.
This conference program was developed to provide a very high level of educational opportunities to a broad audience. Register by December 2, 2014 and participate in a chance to win a year’s Professional Level auction database subscription provided by our enthusiastic media partner Artnet. Your registration also includes three breakfasts, three lunches, drinks/snacks at six breaks, and two evening receptions.
I have worked on many conferences in the past; this one is meant to benefit and to be of interest to every attendee. I welcome and encourage you to seize the opportunity join us at The Yale Club (and elsewhere) in New York City with your colleagues, to have a stellar experience and to earn a significant number of re-accreditation credits at the same time. Invest in yourself and your profession, register at: http://www.appraisers.org/Education/conferences/2015-personal-property-conference.
See you in March,
Frances Zeman, FASA