8 October 2020
Collect Art Online with Confidence: Live Webinar and Discussion
Hear from a panel of art-world experts, including an auction specialist, an art advisor, and a conservator, moderated by Artsy’s Senior Director of auctions and institutions, Liz Luna.
What we’ll cover:
The first steps to take when buying art online
How to evaluate artwork prices
The difference between authenticity and condition
How traditional art-world roles have shifted during COVID-19
Your questions, answered live
Speakers: Suzanne Siano, Owner & Chief Conservator, Modern Art Conservation; Courtney Kremers, Senior Auction Specialist in Post-War & Contemporary Art, Sotheby's; Ray Waterhouse, Art Advisor & Dealer, Fine Art Brokers and Waterhouse & Dodd
Moderator: Liz Luna, Senior Director, Auctions & Institutions, Artsy
appraisers association of America Art Law Day
6 November 2020
Changes, Challenges and Opportunities: Shift to Transacting Primarily in a Digital Space
This panel will address cutting edge issues that have arisen as the art market shifts to a more predominantly digital space. Our expert panel will focus on intellectual property and artist rights issues, auctions, contracts, inspections, and the increased risk of fraud in this changing marketplace, and provide insight to the question: "What do we, as buyers and sellers, need to know to protect ourselves in this new environment?"
Speakers: Suzanne Siano, Founder & Chief Conservator, Modern Art Conservation; Stephanie Alexis, Senior Vice President, Sotheby's; Amelia Brankov, Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Moderators: Steve Schindler, Moderator, Founding Partner, Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP; Elizabeth von Habsburg, AAA, Moderator, Managing Director, Winston Art Group
APAA Due Diligence SYMPOSIUM
24 January 2020
New York City
Andy Warhol: A Case Study in Preserving an Artist’s Legacy
The APAA (Association of Professional Art Advisors) held their second due diligence symposium, with a focus on Andy Warhol and preserving an artist’s legacy. Presenters included Vincent Fremont, Warhol's business manager and colleague; Jessica Beck, Milton Fine Art Curator, The Andy Warhol Museum; Suzanne Siano, Chief Conservator and Director, Modern Art Conservation; Cynthia Sachs, Chief Investment Officer, Athena Art Finance; Lindsay Griffith, Specialist — International Head of Contemporary Editions, Christie’s; and Kathryn Widing, Specialist — Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s. Sponsored by Christie's and Athena Art Finance.
Suzanne lectured on Warhol's process and the preservation of his work. As one of the top conservators of Warhol's paintings, Suzanne brings a wealth of knowledge regarding Warhol's materials, techniques, innovations, and conservation challenges.
5 December 2019
W Hotel South Beach
As part of Miami Art Week, ARTnews hosted a dinner at the W South Beach with Lisa Schiff, founder of SFA Advisory and eyewear brand ONE, ALL, EVERY, to celebrate its Winter 2020 issue, titled “Deciders,” guest edited by art collector, philanthropist, and music producer Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean.
Hosts: Swizz Beatz and Lisa Schiff
Sponsors: Modern Art Conservation, The Surf Lodge, W South Beach, And Partners Design, Truly Hard Seltzer, and Hub International Limited
Future Talks 019
11-13 November 2019
Die Neue Sammlung
The Design Museum
"FUTURE TALKS is a highly recognised and established forum for interdisciplinary lectures, workshops and discussions on modern materials and technologies and its impact to the world of conservators, scientists, designers, artists and design and art galleries. The professional treatment of surfaces is often the ultimate and most difficult challenge for the conservator of modern heritage. Besides a profound knowledge of materials and technologies, the conservator needs to have the necessary skills available to handle these challenges in a most reasonable, appropriate and professional way. The FUTURE TALKS 019 conference is focusing on the evolution and role of modern surface technologies in design and art, the diversity of visual qualities and appearances, the aging phenomena and its public reception, scientific research, documentation techniques, decision-making, and the practical conservation treatments involved."
Speaker: Sylvia Jeffriess, Associate Conservator, Modern Art Conservation
Lecture: Brian Belott’s frozen sculptures. Condition state as material surface in contemporary art
Art Business Conference
9 April 2019
Bohemian National Hall
New York City
The Art Business Conference was a one-day conference for art market professionals. If you’re involved in buying, selling or caring for fine art or antiques — whether you are a gallery owner, manager, art advisor, auctioneer, private collector, or professional advisor, this conference explored the key issues affecting the international art market today. Through presentations, Q&As, panel discussions, and workshops, industry experts shared advice and insights on many of the key factors in running an art business or collection — including the latest updates in legislation and taxation.
Speaker: Suzanne Siano
Conservation, Damage, and Coverage — Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: Conservation of contemporary art is often covered by fine art insurance. Discover how conservators use cutting edge techniques to restore contemporary art and learn how to optimize coverage after a minor bump or catastrophe.
Art in America Live
4 March 2019
Gramercy Park Hotel
New York City
In celebration of The Armory Show’s 25th anniversary, Art in America launched its Art in America Live series with a historic conversation hosted by Eric Shiner, Domenick Ammirati, Lia Gangitano, and Nicole Klagsbrun highlighting the lasting influences of the fair's founding gallerists Colin de Land, Pat Hearn, Matthew Marks, and Paul Morris.
Speakers: Eric Shiner, Domenick Ammirati, Lia Gangitano, and Nicole Klagsbrun
Sponsors: Modern Art Conservation, Gramercy Park Hotel, The Armory Show, VF Global Insurance
Yale Summer teachers institute in technical art history
2 August 2018
Conversation, The Artist as Explorer and Exploiter of Traditional and New Materials: Redefining the Conservator’s Role
Presented in conjunction with the Summer Teachers Institute in Technical Art History at Yale.
Speakers: Dan Colen and Suzanne Siano
Click "View More" for the full talk on YouTube
Sotheby's Institute of art
8 May 2018
New York City
The Valuation of Fine Art: Damage and Loss Cases — the necessity of specialized categories of expertise
The valuation of fine art and design for the purpose of damage/loss appraisal reports is a delicate matter composed of numerous voices within tiers of the art trade community. Choosing the right candidate to write a comprehensive valuation report and selecting the appropriate conservator/restorer impacts greatly on the final outcome of valuation and/or re-introduction of a compromised work within the art market. To address these questions supported by case studies, SIA Fine and Decorative Art and Design MA director has invited Laura Doyle, vice-president, collections managers for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Sylvia Falcón, a specialist in the valuation of damaged works of art and artifacts with a long career in litigation support and experience as a government expert witness and Suzanne Siano, expert conservator of 20th century and contemporary easel paintings.
appraisers association of America
28 March 2018
Modern Art Conservation
New York City
Debating Damage & Loss: Contemporary Paintings
One of the most challenging aspects of appraising a damaged artwork for the independent appraiser is establishing the loss of value without the benefit of another colleague to act as your sounding board. This session, part of a three-part series, will serve as an open forum for you to make sure you’ve covered all your bases when defending your argument for loss. Hosted by Jennifer Garland Ross, AAA, and Emily Thompson, AAA, each afternoon will focus on one specific period and medium, with a special guest appraiser working in that discipline. The group will meet at Modern Art Conservation, where Shauna Young, Senior Conservator, and the MAC team will demonstrate various treatments and conservation issues specific to contemporary paintings done in oil or acrylic on canvas. You will see some of the typical damages and hear the conservators' considerations and processes for conservation.
Hosted by Deborah Spanierman, AAA Appraiser and past President of AAA.
Winter Antiques ShoW
23 January 2017
Park Avenue Armory
New York City
Panel Discussion hosted by Chubb: Out of the Box Art
This panel will consider the appraisal and conservation of rare and unusual works of art.
This well-versed panel of industry experts will examine the intricate process of valuing and conserving “outside the box” artwork and objects. Topics will include artist studios and site-specific works, comparing the process of these unique works to the valuation of more traditional media, and the complex issues faced by conservators when treating these pieces.
Christopher Gaillard, Appraiser, and Deputy Chairman, Gurr Johns, Inc.
Emily Thompson, Fine Art Specialist, Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance
Suzanne Siano, Conservator, Modern Art Conservation
Ninth Annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Institute
18 November 2017
New York City
Money Power Beauty: Framing the Value Issue in Fine Art and Collectible Losses
A special program by New York County Lawyers Association, which brings together a diverse roster of speakers ranging from artists, art consultants, appraisers, members of the bench, bar, museums, art galleries, auction houses, to government officials and members of non-profit organizations as they discuss the most relevant legal issues affecting the art world today.
Moderator: Hon. Stephen Crane (Ret.)
Elin Lake-Ewald, Ph.D., ASA, FRICS, Certified Mediator, O’Toole-Ewald Art Associates, Inc.
Shauna Young, Modern Art Conservation
Dennis Wade, Wade Clark Mulcahy
appraisers association of america
1 April 2016
Herrick, Feinstein LLP
New York City
Damage & Loss: Who and What You Need to Know
Damage and loss appraisals can be challenging for even the most seasoned appraisers. Having many more moving parts and problems to solve, damage and loss appraisals often also involve insurance adjusters and conservators to prepare a report that can be relied upon by all parties. This program will explore these interesting puzzles from all perspectives and include case studies. Each of the speakers will also discuss how best appraisers can work with members of their profession.
Deborah Gerstler Spanierman, AAA, DGS Fine Art Consultants, Inc., President of AAA
Betty Krulik, AAA, Betty Krulik Fine Art, Limited, Appraiser and past President of AAA
Claire Marmion, Adjuster, Haven Art Group
Suzanne Siano, Chief Conservator and Director, Modern Art Conservation
Alan Lyons, Attorney, Herrick, Feinstein LLP
IS IT REAL? at neuehouse
7 May 2015
New York City
Is It Real? takes you behind the curtain of the art world to examine the role science is playing in authenticating art. Whether works of art are "right" or "wrong" has significant consequences in today's art market with potentially billions of dollars at stake. More forgeries appear on the art market every day, with complex legal cases making headlines. Is It Real? will give the audience a first hand look at what happens when the worlds of art and science collide. Masterful works by Basquiat(?), Warhol(?), Pollock(?), and Haring(?), will be on view for you to decide what's real and what isn't.
Brian Kerr and Michael Spencer of the art law firm Spencer Kerr LLP, hosted a landmark event bringing leading experts: art consultant Joyce Varvatos, art expert Tod Volpe, science analyst Nica Gutman Rieppi, conservator Suzanne Siano and legal professor Judith Prowda together to discuss dramatic changes in the art arena. The art market is the second largest unregulated business in the world moving billions of dollars globally as prices soar (300 million for a Gauguin) so are the opportunities for fraud. As leaders in their respective fields, a lively dialogue ensued about ways to access new and more reliable approaches to buying, selling and investing in art.
Suzanne Siano; Tod Volpe; Nica Gutman Rieppi; Judith Prowda; Joyce Varvatos
NYC BAR ASSOCIATION Art Law Committee
20 April 2015
New York City
Legal Issues Facing Conservators
Exploring legal issues and concerns for conservators: liability, contracts, damage and loss, insurance, and authentication.
Dean R. Nicyper, Withers Bergman LLP
Suyeon Kim, Fine Art Conservation Group LLC
Gloria Velandia-Ludmer, GV Art Conservation
Suzanne Siano, Modern Art Conservation
ART BASEL MIAMI
4 December 2020
Art Basel Miami hosted by Chubb
Navigate the Virtual Art World: Ways to Build and Protect Your Collection
As art fairs and auctions shift online, collectors may find themselves acquiring works "sight unseen". Erica Barris from EAB Fine Art Services, Irene Kim from Art Basel, and Suzanne Siano from Modern Art Conservation will discuss the importance of due diligence, mitigating risks if buying artwork remotely, and navigating the changing landscape of the art world.
Moderated by Laura Doyle, Vice President, Art, Jewelry & Valuable Collections Manager at Chubb