A partnership with Strauss and Co.

February 7, 2024


Supported by Strauss & Co and iTOO Artinsure, the second edition of this international forum in Cape Town takes place on Wednesday, 14th February. Founded in 2014 by Art Market Minds, it is an international events platform that creates in-person conferences, and digital events for the art world. Their flagship, The Art Business Conference hosts international art symposiums in Asia, Europe, and America, and for the first time in 2023, Strauss brought the Art Business Conference to Africa.

“We are pleased to partner with Strauss and Co. in highlighting the critical intersections between art and business, particularly in addressing challenges such as art theft, insurance, fraud, and the proliferation of fake art. As a specialist insurer of art and collectables, the conference provides iTOO Artinsure with the ideal opportunity to demonstrate its range of professional products to potential and existing clients”, says Gail Bosch of iTOO Artinsure.     

The conference will be moderated by Riah Pryor, an investigative journalist specializing in the relationship between art and law. She previously worked at The Art Newspaper as Art Market Assistant Editor and was a criminal researcher at New Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques Unit. Her book, ‘Crime and the Art Market’ was well received. Through interviews, new data and exclusive insight into cases, the book demonstrates the impact of criminal activity on the market and broader society. 

The first discussion, “The Art of Collection Management” will focus on caring for one’s art, preventing theft and identifying fakes and forgeries with panellists Gerhard de Kamper, Curator of UP Museum Collections, Dr Alastair Meredith of Strauss & Co and Gail Bosch. The second talk, “The African Art Landscape – Dissolving Boundaries.” explores the art of South Africa through its land – urban, rural, social and political – and delves into the complex history of land and borders in Africa. Panellists will include Camilla van Hoogstraten of Latitudes, Kimberley Cunningham, independent art advisor and Leigh Leyde, art specialist at Strauss & Co. The conference takes place at the recently refurbished premises of Strauss & Co in Woodstock on Wednesday, 14th February at 14h00 followed by a reception and viewing of the upcoming auction exhibition, ‘Curatorial Voices’.

One of Pierneef’s key works on auction at the Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes Past and Present exhibition

Jacob Hendrik Pierneef
Church Street, Tulbagh
signed and dated 1929
oil on artist’s board