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Consultant CVs and Contact Details

Georgina Adam (U.K)

Georgina Adam is a journalist and author who has covered the global art market for over 30 years. She is a contributor to the Financial Times and art market editor-at-large for The Art Newspaper.

She started in Paris, where she also studied Islamic art at the Ecole du Louvre, and contributed to Hali Magazine and The Antique Collector. She moved to London, where she wrote about art sales for The Daily Telegraph, and then to Japan in 1995, where she contributed to a wide range of arts publications.

On her return to the UK in 2000 she worked for The Art Newspaper as Art Market Editor, where she gained enormous experience in the everyday business of art, covering auctions, fairs worldwide and galleries. She wrote a weekly column for The Financial Times about the art market ending in 2017.

She remains a contributor to the FT and is editor at large for The Art Newspaper. She also lectures and participates in panels and debates. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and The International Association of Art Market Studies, and is chair of the membership committee of Cromwell Place.

Her book, Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century, published in 2014, was a tour de force in chronicling the many aspects of the booming art market – from ambitious auctioneers, dealer rivalry and collector snobbery, to the obsession with online and the impact of emerging economies.

Her latest book, Dark Side of the Boom: The Excesses of the Art Market in the 21st Century is more focused on secretive, behind-the-scenes events. Adam’s fondness for court cases and the insights they provide into the otherwise untold machinations of the art market, stands her in good stead in this respect. Over 45 court cases are cited in the book’s 200 pages, from copyright issues (Richard Prince and Jeff Koons’s appropriation art), to sales disputes between dealers and collectors, artists and dealers and advisers and collectors. Issues around fakes and forgeries, authentication, over-production and money laundering also figure.

In addition to her specialisation in the art market, Georgina is particularly interested in emerging cultural centres. She lectures at Sotheby’s and Christie’s institutes in London and participates in panels about the market: she is a board member of Talking Galleries, patron of the Association of Women Art Dealers and member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and The International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA).

Georgina is a Consultant in the Group’s Art Law Section.

Contact: georgina@georginaadam.co.uk