Images courtesy of: The Venice Glass Week
Moderator: Lucinda Bredin, Global Director of Communications at Bonhams – and Editor of Bonhams Magazine
Dan Tolson, International Director, Modern Decorative Art + Design, Bonhams New York
Dena Rigby, Owner of Dena Rigby Fine Arts LLC, Art Advisor / Appraiser
Giorgio Pace, Co-founder, NOMAD itinerant showcase for collectible design & contemporary art
Merrily Orsini, Collector & President of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass
Before coming to Bonhams to head the Press and Communications department, Lucinda Bredin began her career as a curator and became Head of Exhibitions at Milton Keynes Gallery for four years, before becoming an art critic and features writer on the Evening Standard. She was Deputy Editor of Tatler, followed by Harpers Bazaar, and then Heritage Correspondent of The Sunday Telegraph. Lucinda has written for Vogue, FT, The Guardian, Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller among many other publications. She has launched more than 11 different magazines, including Bonhams Magazine.
Dan Tolson has been at the forefront of the international design market for over 20 years. Having founded the design department at a major international auction house in the late 1990s, he went on to play a leading role in an innovative program of design auctions at Christie’s London for 10 years, including the landmark auctions Modernism from a California Collection, 2007, in London and Les Collections du Chateau de Gourdon in Paris, 2011. Since 2012 Dan has developed design auctions in Los Angeles and most recently New York where he is currently based. In 2016 Dan oversaw the sale of Thomas Stearns’ masterwork Facades of Venice, achieving the then world record for an example of modern Italian glass.
Dena Rigby has worked in fine art with a deep engagement in contemporary glass since 1995. Her work in Studio Glass has included managing and representing some of the most renowned glass sculptures in the United States. She has been a consultant, staff, and instructor at the Pilchuck Glass School. Current clients include private collectors, international corporations, architects, and health care groups. Rigby is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America, specializing in Post-war, Contemporary, and Emerging art with a certification in Modern and Contemporary Glass. She earned a BFA in Art History from the University of Florida and studied Finance in the Art Market at the Sotheby’s Institute in London. With offices in Seattle and Richmond, Rigby advises clients nationwide on acquisitions, deaccessions, and valuation concerns including donations to institutions and estates. She is one of two specialists who the Chihuly Studio suggests for authentication services.
Giorgio Pace is the co-founder of Nomad, the itinerant showcase for collectable design and contemporary art. He started his career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has since worked with the Venice Biennale, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Dia Foundation, the Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts and others, supporting each institution in their pursuit of excellence and cultural integrity. Focusing on facilitating spaces for artistic expression since 2010, Pace curated "A Lunatic on Bulbs", an exhibition with objects by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Joel Shapiro and Liam Gillick among others. With a distinct passion for the extraordinaire, he produced "Magic Mountain", a show highlighting Rick Owens' vision of design at the Chesa Planta Museum in St Moritz. For Nomad’s first winter edition in 2018, he curated “A Mind of Winter” with Rita Selvaggio in Samedan. He has consulted Dasha Zukhova on the Garage Museum in Moscow and Garage Magazine in London. Pace is engaged in publishing and worked with V Magazine, VMAN, CR Fashion Book and Visionaire before finally merging his knowledge of art and expertise in business development to launch Giorgio Pace Projects (GPP), a creative consultancy that assists luxury brands to connect with art and culture enterprises.
Merrily Orsini’s passion for contemporary art glass began in 1997, and has since developed through years of travel, research, visits and collecting together with her husband FG “Rick” Heath. She currently holds the position of President of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass www.contempglass.org, and has served the glass arts community through board service for a range of other bodies including the North Carolina Glass Center Board of Directors, South Arts Board of Directors, Creative Glass Center of America and the Speed Museum Board of Governors. She also served as Co-chair of the Glass Art Society’s 40th Annual Conference in 2010. A pioneering businesswoman with a unique combination of skills in technology, art and people, Merrily is President/CEO of corecubed, an aging care marketing company with clients in 42 states, which is the fifth start-up business that she has founded. Her business endeavours have won her many accolades, including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Kentucky and Indiana, with an induction into the Entrepreneur of the Year Institute. In 2017 she was honored with a Silver Stevie Award for Lifetime Achievement for Women in Business.
Images courtesy of: The Venice Glass Week
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