Michael Findlay

Michael Findlay

Moderator

Michael Findlay is a Director of Acquavella Galleries, which specializes in Impressionist and Modern European works of art and post-war American painting and sculpture and represents contemporary artists such as Miquel Barceló, Jacob El-Hanani and Wayne Thiebaud.  Findlay directed one of the first galleries in SoHo in the 1960’s and ran his own gallery there 1969-1977. He was the first dealer in the United States to show the work of Joseph Beuys and Sean Scully and the first New York dealer to exhibit John Baldessari, Hannah Wilke, Stephen Mueller and Billy Sullivan. In 1984 he joined Christie’s auction house and was head of the Impressionist and Modern paintings department until 1992 when he became International Director of Fine Arts and a member of Christie’s Board of Directors.

 

Since 2001 Mr. Findlay has served on the Art Advisory Panel for the Internal

Revenue Service of the Treasury Department of the U.S. Government. He is the President of the Art Dealers Association of America Foundation and is on the boards of The New York Foundation for the Arts, Christie’s Education and The British School and Universities Foundation and is on the Advisory Council of the Appraisers Association of America.  His first book “The Value of Art” (Prestel, 2012) is in its fifth printing and has been translated into German, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. His second book, “Seeing Slowly—Looking at Modern Art (Prestel, 2017) will be released in Chinese in December, 2020.  Mr. Findlay has two children and is married to the contemporary quilt artist Victoria Findlay Wolfe. They live in Manhattan and East Hampton.