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5 Minutes with GLOBART

This December, we sat with GLOBART co-founders Zeynep Utku and Deniz Caglar to talk about what they look for in a piece of art, advice for purchasing your first work, and their latest sale with AucArt, 'Women Artists to Watch'.

Describe GLOBART in one sentence.

GLOBART is a contemporary art advisory and philanthropy organization focused on corporate collections and public art. 

What are you enjoying about the art world currently? 

The art world has started to meaningfully capitalize on its newfound position to fund innovation and ensure sustainability. This is something we are very excited about. We are excited to have the opportunity to reflect on our own communities and start meaningful dialogues on what to preserve and what to innovate. 

What’s your favourite city to visit for arts and culture? 

London sets the pace for arts and culture, and it will always be our favorite. 

If you had to be trapped in one period within art history when would it be?

Now.

What are you looking for in a piece of art at the moment? 

Our look on a work is multiple. There is an emotional and philosophical charge, the relation to space, the subject, the light, the relation to the spectator, the technique, the message, the concept. 

Working with, researching, talking about, displaying and sharing as widely as possible through different media while working collaboratively is the best part of our job. 

What advice would you give to someone purchasing their first artwork? 

Focus on what is happening right now, not what a Hockney print will be worth in 10 years. Live in the moment, and acquire works that inspire and move you. The better eye training you have, the better collection you’ll have. 

Any exciting future projects in store? 

Under GLOBART Art Philanthropy program, we support the production of young artists working in the field of public art with the budget we allocate each year. 

Digitalisation of the art world is an ever demanding area where we are earning our expertise to deliver diverse, immersive and meaningful content across the field.

Our look on a work is multiple. There is an emotional and philosophical charge, the relation to space, the subject, the light, the relation to the spectator, the technique, the message, the concept.

Being childhood friends, they are both graduates of renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, with their honours degree in Culture, Art Criticism and Curation with specialization in Contemporary Art Market, followed by post-graduate in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Prior to co-establishing GLOBART, they both worked for leading international art organizations; including The Saatchi Gallery, Christie’s New York, Minsheng Museum of Art in Shangai and Fondation Villa d’Atris. 

Today with GLOBART, they are leading worldwide curatorial projects in the field of contemporary art and are contributing to a number of international publications including Financial Times Life & Arts, Harvard Business Review and Art Review.

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