Perspectives CINOA Summer Newsletter 2017


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A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear colleagues,

When I was in London in June, I happened upon an exhibition called "Every Object Tells a Story", the collection of Oliver Hoare. Opening the cover of the catalogue, there is this quote: "the universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." (Eden Phillpots, "A Shadow Passes", 1919.) I reference the exhibition and the quote to remind me of what it is about our business that is different from all other businesses. For many of us, our job is to enlighten those people who wish to see more but need a guide of some sort. That is our business.

I was quite literally assailed by a member of the AADLA (Art and Antique Dealers League of America) a month or so ago who called to complain that 1stDibs had removed his contact information from the goods he had listed on the site. He was upset stating that these objects he sells are his, not the property of 1stDibs. When he called to complain, they explained to him that it was an experiment and, indeed, depending on which server you used to access 1stDibs, the information continued to be listed.

If dealers want to sell anonymously, that is their business. Sites like 1stDibs will serve them well. But, in my opinion, you might just as well be retailing with bowling balls or radial tires at that point. It is the story that I buy when I purchase an antique and that is what I sell. I want to open my clients' eyes to see what I see. Personal connections are necessary. So, for my part, since I must use the internet to sell, no longer having a gallery, my choice is to use sites that promote me and allow me to interact with potential buyers.

All the best,

Clinton Howell
President of CINOA
CURRENT & UPCOMING FAIRS
THE CINOA AGM HELD IN JUNE 2017

The Annual General Meeting was held this year in Alsace near Basel. The attendance of members was limited, but the Board had lively discussions on the issues facing the art and antiques trade.

With dealers taking premises in less public venues, the ability to grab the attention of the buying public, and the ability to create more buyers, was talked about in considerable length. Art and antique fairs are clearly one method for doing this...
CRIPPLING NEW EU RULES FOR CULTURAL GOODS

CINOA representatives, along with other groups, have lobbied actively against these new rules. The authorities have turned a deaf ear to our arguments despite official reports that there is very limited illegal traffic and logical arguments that these new rules will not stop any illegal trade. We are afraid that these rules will cripple the legitimate international trade in cultural goods. We will continue to advoate for dealers.

ARTICLE:
Fight Against Terrorist Funding

SPEECH:
Opening remarks by Commisioner Moscovici on the Commission's proposal on the illegal import and trafficking of cultural goods

FACT SHEET:
Questions and Answers on the illegal import of cultural goods used to finance terrorism

PRESS RELEASE:
Security Union: Cracking down on the illegal import of cultural goods used to finance terrorism
GALLERIES ARE ADAPTING, ARE YOU?
THE ART OF TECHNOLOGY

ONLINE ART SALES CONTINUE TO GROW:
Tefaf focuses on online market in addendum to annual art market report

RUBYLUX E-TIPS: INSTAGRAM
The Hiscox Online Trade Report this year noted that "Instagram has emerged as the most important social media channel in the art world." Beyond starting an Instagram page, what can you do to engage and build your audience?

UNDERSTANDING THE BLOCK CHAIN:
The Continuing Confusion Around Art-coin: Art + Block Chain
MEMBER NEWS
UK ART MARKET:
The British Art Market Federation (BAMF), which includes CINOA members' BADA, LAPADA & SLAD, executive chairman Anthony Browne spoke on July 18 at an event in the Commons, to launch a report and to argue that Brexit will allow the Government to give the arts and antiques sector a huge boost. According to the new study carried out by Arts Economics for BAMF, the industry is directly responsible for 44,700 jobs, supports an additional 94,170 jobs through ancillary services, and in 2016 paid £1.46 billion in UK taxes.
IFPDA PRINT FAIR:
IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair Announces 2017 Lineup
AADLA's NEW FAIR:
26-30 October 2017
The Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) is holding an antiques fair on the 26-30 October, the same weekend as TEFAF New York. The fair will be located at Wallace Hall at the St. Ignatius of Loyola Church on Park Ave. between 83rd and 84th Sts. Admission will be $15 and the fair will be open from 11-7 every day, except Sunday when it will end at 6PM.
SAD NEWS:
We regret to announce that two colleagues, who often participated in CINOA activities and initiatives, have passed away recently. We will miss greatly both Alexander Sandmeier from the German organisation DK/KD, and Ursulina Schlegel from the Swiss organisation VSAK/SADAA.
DEALER PROFILE: REHS GALLERIES
Rehs Gallery is a four generation family business. Located in New York City, they specialize in 19th and 20th Century European artists including works by Barbizon, Realist, Academic and Impressionist artists. They have also added Contemporary art to their inventory, representing artists that work in a traditional style emphasizing form and technical skill. RubyLUX recently spoke to Alyssa Rehs about the history of the gallery and how they are adapting to bring it into the 21st Century.
Dear CINOA Dealer,

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Best regards,
CINOA AFFILIATED DEALERS ON RubyLUX
NOTE: All the information in this newsletter is published in good faith and for general information purposes only. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. Please note that most excerpts come from the original publication and any credit must go to the author of the publication, not to CINOA. Any views or opinions expressed in the excerpts and/or articles belong solely to the author of the publication.

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