The Global Fine Art Awards Launches Educational Panel Series Sponsored By K&L GATES LLP

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Desiree Moore, Partner K&L Gates LLP

We are delighted to partner with GFAA in its mission to bring art and education to the legal and non-legal community. As an international law firm with significant depth and breadth in the fine art and cultural property space, and related areas, there was a clear synergy in working with GFAA.

Leaders in the respective worlds of art and law, the Global Fine Art Award program announces a new partnership with K&L Gates LLP.

This event will be held on March 8, 2018 at the New York headquarters of K&L Gates. The first of three panels will address the impact of crypto currency in art market purchases. The second two amplify the ideals of two new GFAA Awards: Global Planet and Global Humanity, by highlighting the evolving role of art in reflecting and informing critical issues in social and human development to foster greater social cohesion, inclusion, and empathy and deepening understanding about our natural environment and its sustainability.

These panels are planned in conjunction with the 4th Annual Global Fine Art Awards Ceremony and Gala taking place later that evening. Invited guests include supporters of the GFAA program, ticket holders of the GFAA Award Ceremony, and practicing attorneys. The program will offer CLE credit for attorneys as well.

The three session moderators are members of the GFAA Executive Committee: Judy Holm, GFAA Founder & President; Desiree Moore, GFAA Young Visionaries Chair and Partner at K&L Gates LLP; Dean Phelus, GFAA Judge and Senior Director of Leadership Programs at the American Alliance of Museums(AAM).

K&L Gates, ranked among the Top 20 Global Firms for the past seven years, will sponsor this series of panel discussions in support of the mission of the Global Fine Art Awards program; and to further highlight their leadership role in fine art and cultural property law, FinTech, tax-exempt organizations, environmental law, and more.

Moore states,“[w]e are delighted to partner with GFAA in its mission to bring art and education to the legal and non-legal community. As an international law firm with significant depth and breadth in the fine art and cultural property space, as well as in related areas such as FinTech and tax-exempt organizations, there was a clear synergy in working with GFAA to develop robust panel discussion on cutting-edge topics in these areas.”

Panelists include some of the most significant members of the global art community – Dr. Joe Lin-Hill, Deputy Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, also a GFAA Judge; Mary Sabbatino, whose gallery (Galerie Lelong & Co.) represents three GFAA nominated artists– Andy Goldsworthy, Jaume Plensa and the late Ana Mendieta; GFAA Nominee Erin Barnett, Director of Exhibitions and Collections of the International Center of Photography (ICP); GFAA Nominee Erlend Hoyersten, Director of ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, nominated for the Triennial entitled THE GARDEN – End of Times; Beginning of Times, focused on depictions of nature throughout history and featured works by over 80 artists spanning several centuries; past GFAA Nominee Stuart Williams, whose monumental site-specific art installations have been supported by the U.S. Embassy, Berlin; The City of Dresden, Germany; the Rene and Veronica di Rosa Foundation, Napa, CA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; GFAA Nominee Baiqu Gonkar, Founder & CEO of London-based Art Represent (AR), a social enterprise dedicated to the promotion and empowerment of artists from conflict areas around the world. Likewise, along with Moore (whose practice focuses on Social Media Law/Fine Art and Cultural Property), K&L Gates partners Dr. Friederike Gräfin von Brühl, M.A. (Fine Art and Cultural Property), Judith Rinearson (Consumer Financial Services/FinTech), and Anthony Nolan (Banking and Asset Finance/FinTech) will participate in the panel discussions.

“We are honored that Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change has been nominated for the best photography exhibition of the year. ICP is proud of this show, which drew on the expertise of eight curators and covered important topics including climate change, immigration, Black Lives Matter, ISIS propaganda, gender fluidity, and the influence of the far-right on America's 2016 election. The curatorial team brought together up-to-the-minute Instagram feeds, ISIS recruiting videos, contemporary art and photojournalism, along with documentary and vernacular works from ICP's permanent collection to create a nuanced and timely examination of the ways in which images both reflect and shape social issues.” Erin Barnett, Director of Exhibitions and Collections.

About K&L Gates LLP

For the past seven consecutive years, K&L Gates LLP is recognized by Law360 as one of the 20 leading global law firms based on factors including headcount, geographic spread, and the range and complexity of international and cross-border work during the past year. This is the seventh year Law360 has ranked firms with the biggest international presence, noting K&L Gates and the other recognized firms as “stand[ing] out from the rest…[w]hen it comes to having the global expertise to handle complex cross-border matters spanning multiple time zones,” especially in light of global challenges such as Brexit.

Other recent honors for K&L Gates have included being ranked among the 10 leading law firm brands in the United States for a third consecutive year in Acritas’ U.S. Law Firm Brand Index 2017 and recognized by general counsel as one of the top 30 firms for superior client service for a fifth consecutive year, according to the 2017 BTI Client Service A-Team survey.
K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

About the GFAA Award Ceremony and Gala

The thirteen juried awards and two public awards will be presented live on March 8, 2018 at the 4th Annual Award Ceremony and Gala to be held at 583 Park Avenue, a historic New York landmark. Guests include many Nominees, as well as benefactors, patrons, corporate sponsors, collectors, gallerists and art aficionados.     For more information about GFAA and to purchase tickets, contact globalfineartawards(at)gmail(dot)com and

About the GFAA Program
GFAA is the first program ever created to recognize the best curated art and design exhibitions and installations worldwide - in museums, galleries, art fairs and biennials, as well as public installations.

Mission and Vision
The GFAA program honors innovation and excellence in exhibition design, historical context, educational value, and public appeal. The program’s mission is to develop interest and passion for fine art, and to further its educational role in society. The vision is to elevate the importance and relevancy of fine art in the world today: economically, socially, and culturally.

K&L Gates Media inquiries
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GFAA Media inquiries:

Remi Koukou – USA

Carolyn Cruz - International


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