Opinion columnist Tim Schneider addresses Lisa Schiff's recent op-ed regarding art-market speculation and its effect on the trajectory of women artist's careers to liken art and financial market high-stakes gambling and the tension between value and price.
SFA is a full service, private art consultancy specializing in modern and contemporary art. Founded by Lisa Schiff in 2002, SFA serves a select group of dedicated collectors around the world. Careful scholarship is at the core of our work, guided by each collector's individual aesthetic, interests, and goals.
SFA is made up of five specialized art professionals able to assist in every aspect of collecting with the utmost confidentiality and discretion. We have built close relationships with our collectors, often over the span of many years. Owing to our highly personalized approach, we have the pleasure of growing and learning alongside our clients, constantly looking at and speaking about art. We have shared with our clients many enriching experiences traveling, visiting artists' studios, attending art fairs, and exploring galleries and museums worldwide.
Every decision, large or small, is given our unbiased, objective advice, not only in regard to each artwork we present, but in all areas of discussion and inquiry. Because of our well-established relationships with galleries and open communication with our clients, we have been able to cultivate critical trust on all sides, ensuring access to the most desirable and highest quality works. SFA aims to create an experience of collecting that is satisfying on a variety of levels. Above all, we want collecting art to be fun.
In addition to advising collectors, SFA engages in many facets of the art world on a global scale. We are involved with non-profit organizations worldwide, contribute to various curatorial projects, and are always finding ways to support artists and special projects. SFA principal, Lisa Schiff, is frequently called upon to share her expertise and provide in-depth analysis to the press. Lisa makes a point to speak regularly on panels and to engage in public discussions, covering a variety of art related topics.