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Art And Its Market: A Look At The Current Art Market With Dirk Boll, Christie’s Deputy Chairman

December 5, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

$15 – $25

A Talk and Q & A with Deputy Chairman of 20th and 21st Century Art at Christie’s, Prof. Dr. Dirk Boll, author of “Art and Its Market” with Q & A by artist/architect Fanyu Lin.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 12 – 1:15 pm ET
Contact: info@cbsacny.org

We are honored to have Dirk Boll, Deputy Chairman of 20th and 21st Century Art at Christie’s, give us his take on the current art market. From NFTs to the legal complexities of restitution to today’s trends and paradigm shits, he’ll cover topics from his new book, “Art And Its Market” a slim box of six volumes covering History, Players, Framework, Traded Goods, Supply, and Sales with over 120 illustrations.

Over the past two years, structural changes in the art market have accelerated considerably. From virtual viewing rooms and private sales to NFTs and new distribution channels, the pandemic and increased digitization have had all-encompassing and lasting effects. With 25 years of experience at the forefront of the art industry, Dirk Boll, offers insights into the latest developments and dynamics, as well as profound background knowledge.

• Where to start as someone who is interested in buying art?
• What distinguishes the Dutch from the English auction?
• What role does art criticism play in the canonization of art?

Boll, who studied law, also sheds light on the legal framework surrounding acquisition and the highly relevant topic of looted art and its restitution.


Prof. Dr. Dirk Boll studied law in Göttingen and Freiburg (Br.) and had his judicial traineeship at the Higher Court in Stuttgart and the German Chamber of Commerce in Brussels. A post graduate study in Art Management in Stuttgart-Ludwigsburg earned him a Master of Art degree. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on distribution systems for art and the legal framework of the international art market. He joined Christie’s in 1998 in London in the 20th Century Art Department. Following positions in Germany and Switzerland he returned to London in 2011 to serve in various management functions, from Regional Managing Director to President of the Administration in EMEA (Europe & UK, Middle East, Africa). In 2022 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the 20th and 21st Century Art Cluster (Impressionist and Modern Art, Postwar- and Contemporary Art, Photography and Design). Dirk Boll is also a lecturer at the University of Hamburg on the subject of Art Management. He publishes regularly in various daily papers and international magazines and has a quarterly column in the Swiss paper Handelszeitung. Since 2009 he published eight books on various aspects of the art markets, collecting or museum development (with Hatje Cantz/Berlin). In 2015 he launched a publication on “Auctioneers who made Art History”. His view on the post-Corona art markets were published in December 2020 (“What’s different this time? Economical Crisis and Art Market 1990/2001/2009/2020”). His latest publication “Art and Its Market” (handbook in six volumes, December 2023) combines his background in law with his current professional area, analysing the legal and economical basis for and the distribution systems of the art market. Dirk Boll is board member of the Friends of the Israel Museum, chairman of the Advisory Board of Haus der Kunst in Munich and member of the Advisory Board of University of Zurich (UZH for Art Market Studies). In 2017 he received the Commander Cross of the order “pro Merito Melitensi”, the order of merit of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Architectural Digest (2019) included him in the list of the 200 “most influential players in art and design.” Art and Its Market is available on Amazon on January 9, 2024.

Fanyu Lin is an artist and entrepreneur, working at the intersection of art, technology, architecture and design. An active voice in global dialogues, Lin serves on the Bloomberg New Economy Cities Council to collaborate on a methodical, citizen-centric approach to urbanization, and on the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Connected World, to shape governance and innovation of the internet of things and related technologies in the global public interest. She is also the Chair of the Art & International Committee for the CBS Alumni Club of NY. Lin graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Columbia Business School.

CBSACNY would like to thank Club member and Chair of the Art & International Committee, Fanyu Lin, for organizing this session and several in-person panel discussions at exciting locations around the city that are planned for 2024. Stay tuned….


December 5, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
$15 – $25
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