The Wick - Nazy Vassegh by Alex Board The Wick - Nazy Vassegh by Alex Board
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Interview Entrepreneurial art-world veteran Nazy Vassegh

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Nazy Vassegh
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Alex Board
17 March 2021
Interview
Nazy Vassegh
Photography
Alex Board
17 March 2021
Drawing on nearly three decades working in the international art world, Nazy Vassegh is considered to be a key industry connector and educator. As well as sitting on the executive committee for Women in the Arts and being an honorary council member for the Art Academy, the ex-CEO of Masterpiece Art Fair recently launched Eye of the Collector. This next-generation art platform with a strong emphasis on expertise and connoisseurship promises a boutique selection of art across all disciplines and time periods from ancient to contemporary. We caught up with her ahead of its inaugural exhibition in September 2021.

THE WICK:   Talk us through a typical Monday.

Nazy Vassegh:   Mondays are idea days and, no matter what the weather, I always try and start the day with a hike across the sand dunes where we live. This rejuvenates and motivates me and it’s the perfect start to the week. It’s the day we regroup as a team and talk strategy, share our week and plan things. We don’t set an agenda, nothing is off limits and it gives us focus for the week.

TW:   You are the founder of the Eye of the Collector art fair. If you could see through anyone else’s eyes for a day, whose would you choose?

NV:   If I could choose one pair of eyes to look through, it would be Peggy Guggenheim whose life was shaped by some of the world’s biggest events of the 20th century, namely the sinking of the Titanic where she lost her father, two world wars and the reconstruction of Europe. She had an incredible eye, a huge dedication to artists and was the model for a modern liberated woman.

TW:   What are the biggest triumphs in your career to date?

NV:   I think the art world has changed so much over the last 20 years and I would say the ability to adapt and innovate has probably been my greatest achievement.

I greatly enjoyed my time refocusing and reenergising Masterpiece London Art Fair and through doing so met many of the art world’s galleries.

While at Sotheby’s my highlights included setting up the original strategy and delivering the launch of Sotheby’s Preferred, a benefit programme for top-tier international collectors and with links to the world’s finest cultural institutions. I was also the Managing Director for the Impressionist and Modern Art Division in Europe.

More recently, I am proud to have taken the leap of faith in establishing Eye of the Collector as a new contender in the international art fair circuit.

Combining a family and their needs with work has always been important to me and I would also list this as a triumph.

TW:   What’s your favourite culturally curious spot?

NV:   Ever since the first time I went to Venice, it’s been a voyage of cultural discovery. The city itself is a work of art and during the biennale the historic monuments come to life with an ever-changing programme of cultural diversity and discoveries.

“I think the art world has changed so much over the last 20 years and I would say the ability to adapt and innovate has probably been my greatest achievement.”

TW:   Who are your artists to watch this year and beyond?

NV:   I am lucky enough to see a large number of artists in my job. Ones I am particularly excited by are Alvaro Barrington, Harland Miller and Kwesi Botchway. I am also a huge lover of 20th century art and in particular British artists.

TW:   What will be your top style item in 2021?

NV:   My husband recently bought me an Anya Hindmarch ‘I Am A Plastic Bag’ tote. Each bag is made from an innovative fabric that’s created from used plastic bottles and coated with recycled windscreens. I absolutely love her genuine focus on sustainability while staying relevant and stylish and will carry my tote in 2021 and beyond.


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