Miriam Cabessa – Artist
Miriam Cabessa was born in Casablanca, Morocco and raised in Israel. She lives and works in New York City since the year 2000, and has shown extensively in Israel, Europe, and the United States. Some of her resume highlights include: representing Israel in the Venice Biennale in 1997, winning the Nathan Gottesdiener Prize of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Three man show at LA Gallery Nye+Brown in 2012 as well being invited by the PULSE Art Fair in 2009 to create a 24-foot painting on site. Miriam Cabessa’s paintings are made using the movement of her body, her hands, pieces of fabric, and the rhythm of her breathing to create the work. Mriam's work is known globally she developed her own unique artistic language. In the last year, Cabessa divides her time between NYC and TLV, whereas she collaborated with known poet Nathan Zach on publishing an Artist Book and created an art performance at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Ruth Direktor - Chief Curator, Haifa Museum of Art
Ruth Direktor is the chief curator of Haifa Museum of Art since Jabuary 2011. Before that she was the curator of The Gallery of Bezalel in Tel Aviv, and the curator of The Art Gallery of the University of Haifa. Since the early 1990s she worked as an independent curator. From 1984 till 2008 she was an art critic, writing regularly in several of the most prominent newspapers and weekly magazines in Israel. Her book Contemporary Art I am talking to you was published in 2005. Her articles and reviews about contemporary art, Israeli and international, were published in many catalogues and other publications. She was the editor of a documentary series for television "100 Years of Israeli Art" (10 chapters, 45 min. each), that was screened for the first time on channel 2 in 2007. She is a lecturer in the Art Department in the University of Haifa.
Constantine Frangos – Senior Director, Head of Corporate Art Services, Museums and Foundations, Sotheby’s Europe
Constantine Frangos joined Sotheby's New York in 1999 as a Senior Specialist in the 19th Century European Paintings department. Prior to joining the company, Constantine was a senior specialist at Christie’s in New York for nine years. In 2003 he moved to London as a member of the European Paintings department at Sotheby’s to develop the art market for 19th- and 20th-century Greek Art. Constantine’s expertise was also instrumental in organizing private sales for the European Paintings department. In 2012 he was appointed Head of Corporate Art Services, Museums and Foundations, Europe. In this role Constantine has been instrumental in assisting corporations and museums on insurance valuations and future purchases or sales.
Nechami Gottlib - Founder & Co-owner, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
Nechami Gottlib founder and co- owner of Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, was born in Tel Aviv, has a bachelor degree in Philosophy. Noga Gallery was founded in the basement of Gottlib's parents' house in Herzliya and showed young artists like Belu Simion Fainaru that was chosen to participate in the IX Ducumenta in 1992 alongside with established artists such as Lea Nikel. In 1994 the gallery moved to Tel Aviv, and was reopened in partnership with Adina Alshech. In 2002 the gallery moved to its current premises in the heart of the White City. The gallery's mission is to support and promote young Israeli artists as well as exposure of international artists. The gallery represents artist such as: Ori Gersht, Mosh Kashi, Talia Keinan, Keren Cytter and more, that exhibit in international exhibitions, museums and art fairs.
Yehudit Gueta - Mifal Hapayis Council for Culture and Art
Yehudit Gueta, artist photographer, has shown in many group exhibitions in Israel and abroad. Winner of the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, the Poretzsky Prize for Photography from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Gerard Levy Prize, the Ministry of Education and Culture prize to Encourage Creativity , and the Minister of Education, Culture, and Sport Prize. One of the founders and curators of the Limbos Gallery, lecturer and instructor in a variety of photography colleges throughout Israel. She is a member of the Mifal Hapayis Council for Culture and Art and serves as chairperson of the Committee of Visual Arts. The Payis Council for Culture and Art, which was established in 2000, has become, over the years, one of the most significant institutions for advancing culture and the arts in Israel. The Payis Council allocates support to numerous artists and project initiatives in the fields of culture and the arts while emphasizing the advancement of the artist's standing and exposing new audiences to quality culture.
Nicole Hackert – gallery owner, Contemporary Fine Arts, CFA, Berlin
Nicole Hackert studied Art History, Psychology and Philosophy in Cologne and Berlin. Besides her studies, she was running one of the first Off-Spaces in the former East Berlin called „Art Acker“ from 1991 to 1994. After her MA in 1994, she founded Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin (with co-owner Bruno Brunnet). CFA first resided in Berlin-Charlottenburg before it moved to the Sophie-Gips-Höfe in Mitte in 1996. In 2007, the gallery moved to the Galeriehaus Am Kupfergraben built by David Chipperfield opposite the museum island. CFA shows and represents artists, such as Georg Baselitz, Cecily Brown, Georg Herold, Tal R, Daniel Richter, Dana Schutz, Julian Schnabel, Katja Strunz, and Gert & Uwe Tobias. Although focusing mainly on the business and collectors relations part of CFA, Nicole also writes essays and holds interviews with artists for the exhibition catalogues that the gallery publishes extensively. Between 2009 to 2011, Nicole wrote a popular monthly column on the art market for “Die Welt am Sonntag”.
Nira Itzhaki - Founder & Owner, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
Nira Itzhaki was born in Tel Aviv, has a bachelor degree in Philosophy and Art History. In 1985 she founded Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv's Neve Tsedek neighborhood. On October 2010 Chelouche Gallery launched its new venue in one of the most beautiful buildings in the heart of Tel-Aviv, the historic "Twin Houses" at 7 Mazeh Street. The new art & cultural complex draws its inspiration from similar compounds over the world. Since its inception, the Gallery has set out to promote an international and local exhibition schedule in collaboration with curators and artists from around the world, endeavors that have placed it at the vanguard as a leader in the various fields of contemporary art in Israel. Chelouche Gallery is the home for both young and established Israeli artists alongside international artists such as Gideon Gechtman, William Kentridge, Melanie Manchot, Yadid Rubin, Miki Kratsman, Nir Evron and Tom Pnini.
Prof. Michael Levin - Founder and head of the Multidisciplinary Art Department, Shenkar College of Engineering Design
Art and Architectural Historian Prof. Michael Levin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Princeton University , and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London University), is the founding Head of the Multidisciplinary Art Department and lecturer of Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture at Shenkar College of Engineering Design, Art. He taught at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion, IIT, the Department of Art History at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and served as Head of General Studies at Bezalel.
He served as Chief Curator and later as Director of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Founding Chairman of the Tel Aviv Artists Studios and Gallery, and former Chairman of the Visual Arts Section of the Israel Art Council. As Art Advisor to the Mayors of the metropolitan cities Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, he fostered the installation of a large number of public works of art in both cities.
His publications include The Modern Museum, Sculpture in Jerusalem, White City, Santiago Calatrava: Artworks, Micha Bar-Am. He is co-editor of How do you Say Modernism in Hebrew? and the forthcoming monograph on Richard Kauffmann.
Stephen McCoubrey – curator for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific at the UBS Art Collection
Stephen McCoubrey is currently curator for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific at the UBS Art Collection. After leaving Goldsmiths College London, Stephen spent 3 years as a freelance curator before joining UBS Warburg as a full time art consultant in 1999. In his early years at UBS Stephen began to buy a new collection of contemporary art for the London offices and organised a number of external exhibitions for the bank. By 2003, Stephen had a wider mandate to acquire works for the offices in Europe. In 2005 Stephen became a full time staff member and shortly afterwards took over responsibility for art in the Asian office network. Stephen has spearheaded UBS’s return to staging public exhibitions in the last 2 years, curating and organising projects including a touring exhibition of landscape photographs in Italy, a large format photography show in Jersey and most recently Pop Sensation at the Hong Kong Art Centre.
Gilad Ratman - Artist
Gilad Ratman is an installation and video artist which addresses the apparently untenable aspects of human behavior by exploring the need for community and by showing forms of resistance and the borders of self. Gilad is representing Israel at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013. Gilad holds an Art degree from Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and Masters in art from Columbia University in NY. Gilad has held exhibitions at MOMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Garage Center of Contemporary Art Moscow, Rencontres d'Arles, Dallas Contemporary Center, Museum Beelden Aan Zee Den Haag, Israel Museum Jerusalem, and Braverman Gallery Tel Aviv. Gilad has been awarded the Anslem Kiefer Prize by the Wolf Foundation, The Ministry of Culture 'Young Artist' Prize, and The Givon Prize of Tel Aviv Museum.
Doron Sebbag – Art collector and chairman of ORS Ltd
An art collector and chairman of ORS Ltd, holds a B.A in Machine Engineering from the Tel Aviv University and a M.A in Art History from the Tel Aviv University.
Sebbag is the owner of the "Doron Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd.", a collection that began its activity over two decades ago, comprising of over 1,000 Israeli and International contemporary art works. During this period Sebbag supported a long list of exhibitions and projects of Israeli artists in Israel and abroad, as well as publications of books and catalogues.
Sebbag is a member of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art's Exhibition and Acquisition's Committee for the last several years. He is also the owner of the boutique hotel "Artplus" ("Atalas" chain hotels), in which works of several Israeli artists from the collection are installed on a permanent basis.
The extensive activity of Doron Sebbag through the art collection is reflected in the loaned works to local and international museums, and in various themed exhibitions held over the years, which had emphasized the mutual display of Israeli and International art. The most recent exhibition "Accelerating Toward Apocalypse," was invited to the gallery space of "Daimler Art Collection" in Berlin, and is currently presented side by side with works from the Daimler Collection.
Sergey Skaterschikov - CEO & Founder ,Skate’s Art Market Research
Sergey Skaterschikov obtained his education from Moscow State University (MGU, economic geography) and Fuqua School of Business, Duke University (MBA). He is a serial entrepreneur and professional financier with over 20 years of international experience. Sergey runs Redline Capital Management out of Luxembourg, and is the founder of Vienna based Next Edition Partners GmbH, an integrated art media and art investment services firm. He also owns Viennafair and Skate’s Art Market Research and serves as a non-executive board member of London stock exchange listed LSR Group. Sergey authored Skate’s Art Investment Handbook published by McGraw & Hill in 2009 and teaches at School of Journalism, Moscow State University.
Jay Vincze - International Director, Head of Impressionist and Modern Art department, Christie's, London
Jay Vincze joined Christie’s in 1998 after graduating with a Master’s degree in History of Art from the University of Cambridge. In 1999 he became a specialist in the Impressionist and Modern Art department and assumed responsibility for the Day sales, managing a market that grew threefold within a decade. Jay works across Europe, with particular emphasis on sourcing business and developing client relationships in Switzerland, Germany, Scandinavia, United Kingdom and Israel. Jay was appointed International Director in 2011, Head of the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in 2012 and Head of the London department in 2013.