Newsletters (September 2017 CINOA newsletter)



Dear colleagues,
A new season of the art and antiques trade is always a time for optimism about our business. I concur with that optimism and believe that the only thing that really stands in our way are rules and regulations that make no sense that get instituted by well meaning government agencies. People will never abandon their love of our respective fields as there is just so much to learn. Attending a fair, buying something, can be an enlightening experience. I can't tell you how many times I have been in homes where the owner has gone on about some wonderful object or painting that they recently purchased. It is, most certainly, why I am still in business.
The rules and regulations I am referring to and which I come back to again and again, are not intended to kill us off. But good intentions are one thing and reality is another. Nativism, for example, is the belief that all things created in the place of a certain country must stay in that country. This is essentially a form of parochialism, particularly if there is an abundance of such work. Could the rules and refulations be written in a more enlightened fashion to make more people happy, satisfying those that think their culture is being plundereed and those that see a world wide market for that product? My guess is that they usually could be.
The art and antiques world needs to be better understood by regulators. We need to be able to help solve problems, not be thought of as part of the problem. To this end, we need to unite behind both our local organizations and to CINOA. My guess is that it would not take most readers of this newsletter, ten minutes to look at their profiles on the various venues where their names and information are listed. It might take another five minutes to either get someone to change it if it isn't correct. You may not see the value of doing this, but it makes both your association and CINOA stronger, if only because we get seen as a funtioning entity.
Doing a lot of little things can make us appear more united and powerful and as a potential ally of regulatory bodies that can help prevent them from writing inept regulations. We have massive expertise and knowledge and we should be called upon so that cultural heritage gets the attention it deserves. Being on the sidelines doesn't allow you to alter the score of how the future will look. I think we should be part of the solution rather than be considered the butt of the problem. It is a choice that we can do something about.
All the best,
Clinton Howell
President of CINOA
CINOA continues fighting inappropriate proposals from the European Commission to restrict the import of cultural property more forcefully.
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?
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