Private consulting in Modern and Contemporay Art
Twig is an art advisory service with expertise in international modern and contemporary art.
Twig's goal is to provide for their clients confidential advice and help in primary and secondary markets through their secured contacts with galleries, collectors, auction houses, art specialists and curators, .
Having gained invaluable experience working in a well-known gallery in Brussels, Anouk Taché met her future business partner Carole Lévy, who had completed her training in various auction houses, including Francis Briest (Paris) and Christie’s (Brussels).
In 1999, the two women decided to open a gallery together in Brussels.
In the course of the twelve years they ran the gallery, and became increasingly familiar with the inner workings of the art world, collaborated with major museums and curators and developed excellent relationships with artists, gallerists and collectors.
Eventually they decided to take a break from organising monthly exhibitions in order to pursue their consulting work – principally advising people in the business world looking to acquire works of art – on a full-time basis.
For the last ten years Anouk Tache and Carole Levy have been advising major industrialists in the Walloon and Flemish regions as well as business people in Antwerp, helping them to invest their money wisely as they build up art collections that are true to their images.
Central to their art consultancy business are their core values of integrity, expertise and professional ethics.
The explosion of galleries, museums, fairs, auction houses and information available on the internet can be bewildering.
That is why Twig has made it its business to help and guide people as they move into the world of collecting art.
The art market is an unknown domain with opaque pricing.
This last year has seen a much-needed adjustment in the art market.
In 2015, the speculative bubble in the market for emerging artists burst…
The prices for artworks by some young artist had been climbing steeply, due to the following factors:
Works that couldn’t be found in art galleries
Inequality between supply and demand
Auction house prices stoked by a passion for speculation resulting in works by some young artists reaching unsustainables levels of well-established artists way too soon.
When, at the end of 2015, auction houses began to see prices finally start to fall, the value of the work of some emerging artists was badly hit.
The prices for such work fell in some cases as much as 90%, due to the number of speculators who had been buying art to sell rather than to keep, and everything taking place in an increasingly brief time span.
Buying was dictated by greed, and selling by fear of a fall in value.
We are in no way suggesting that these are bad artists, but the lack of distance in time between the creation of a piece of art and its resale inevitably led to far too much speculation.
This is precisely the context in which we refuse to participate.
Our aesthetic expertise is located between the market for ‘classic’ artworks, which are already seen as part of the history of art, and the market for contemporary art.
Essential criteria to be considered when purchasing art:
The traceability and source of the work
The reputation of the gallery representing the artist
The presence of the artist’s work in institutions such as museums, foundations and reputable private collections
A stable evolution of the value of the artist’s work
Artists with a certain reputation, allowing for a critical perspective on their work
HOW TO BUY, HOW TO SELL
There are two ways for buying art:
1. Primary Market
Purchasing artworks through galleries who represent the artist, or directly from artists themselves.
2. Secondary Market
This consists in buying from from auction houses and dealers associated with important collectors seeking to sell works privately, from private sellers with whom we work frequently in full confidentiality.
WHEN TO SELL
We are here to help with resales.
Resales will take place at the most opportune moment in terms of a return on investment, bearing in mind:
The evolution of the market
The results of auction house sales
Solo museum exhibitions
The relationship between supply and demand for the artist’s work
Twig will be there to assist their clients from purchase to delivery.
Working with shipping agents and insurance brokers across the world , gives the possibility for Twig to provide cost-effective logistical support as well as appropriate information on VAT and import sales and taxes.
Through their long time relationship with professional technicians, Twig will advice their clients who can help them in framing, installing and displaying artworks.
Conservation is also an important aspect in which Twig can provide help in full confidentiality.