ISA Conference Ft Worth

The ISA annual conference in Fort Worth is now in full program mode. I arrived on Thursday, attended a few planning meetings and then had the kick off for the Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies at a local restaurant.  Great crowd and interest in the new edition is strong.  More on the Journal and how to order in the next couple of days.

Friday I went to the Kimbell and Amon Carter museums and had an interesting dinner with speaker Mike Moses and fellow appraiser Tara Ana Finley. Saturday was an interesting day of speakers, with discussion on changes, I interviewed a wealth manager, Mike Moses of Beautiful Asset Advisors gave an excellent presentation on Art Market Trends, Michael Plummer of Artvest spoke about the valuation of the Detroit Institute of Arts collection, and Lark Mason spoke on the Asian market.

In between all of this we had a presentation from Boris Pevzner, CEO of the Christie's owned collection management platform Collectrium. Boris and his team of programmers at Collectrium have developed a robust appraisal module with report generation capabilities. I have been lucky enough to review and assist in the development, and I am impressed with what they can achieve.  Boris revealed they are now working on tagging comps from the build in auction data base and have the selected comp infor automatically populate the appraisal document and database. They are doing an amazing job and the technology is and concepts are forward looking.

Collectrium is scheduled to update the program every two weeks with additional
upgrades and refinements.  For example, many artist biographies are already loaded into the program. If you wish to include artist biographies in your report, click a button and the bios automatically load. According to my discussions with Boris, the Collectrium team plans on updating the program every two weeks.

All ISA conference attendees received a free two year subscription to Collectrium.  Yes, free for two years, this is more than a $2,000 value, and it includes the growing auction database with 1500 auction houses and over 15 million objects.

Mike Moses on Art Market Trends

Partial room shot

Michael Plummer on DIA
Boris Pevzner, CEO of Collectrium

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