In a globalized art world, a good navigator is essential. Arianne Levene Piper is a London-based art consultant and curator who advises major international collectors in Zurich, London, Stockholm, Dubai and elsewhere.
Some artists are great at promoting themselves, finding buyers and generating attention to their careers. Hats off to them. For many other artists, however, having a middleman speak on behalf of their work is vital to their careers.
In an ideal world, a consultant would work like a running coach or a marriage therapist. There are good consultants and bad ones, but the important idea to start with is: Are you ready for a consultant?