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The Truth About Being a Corporate Art Manager
There is more than finding an artist to paint on your products.
Career 19 Jun 2023

Description

Provenance Researcher: A mix between Indiana Jones and Bridget Jones.
Corporate Art Manager: For the ones who could never decide if they favour a corporate career over a creative lifestyle. You get both.

Outfit

Provenance Researcher: Tweed and corduroy dominate as well as muted colours. We haven’t come across someone in a Hugo Boss or Max Mara suit yet (see corporate art manager) – but that might also be a matter of salary.
Corporate Art Manager: Here the corporate wins. If you are lucky, your job position is within a luxury fashion brand.

Getting In

Provenance Researcher: If Gurlitt and Lafite sound Spanish to you, you won’t make it.
Corporate Art Manager: We’ve never met someone who planned this career. Maybe just because you introduced KAWS to your boss.

Working Hours

Provenance Researcher: The successful art detective never sleeps.
Corporate Art Manager: You should be on the safe side with a corporate contract.

Salary

Provenance Researcher: Likely a solid figure that allows you to cover your monthly metro ticket, shopping at the wholefood market and every now and then a new pair of Campers.
Corporate Art Manager: You have the benefits of one of the most regulated positions in the whole art world. And actually not too bad compared to a lot of those freelance art consultants.

Recommended Studies

Provenance Researcher: Playing “Memory” and learning how to disguise your voice on the phone.
Corporate Art Manager: Management accounting gives you the credibility in the company, best paired with a graffiti past for the street cred.

Best Moments

Provenance Researcher: You help packing to ship the Pergamon Altar back to Turkey.
Corporate Art Manager: An artist paints on your company’s (please select) car, tie, wine label, refrigerator, office entrance…

Fearful Moments

Provenance Researcher: You are not the hero per se and now you are sent on a hostage exchange.
Corporate Art Manager: An artist paints on your company’s (please select) car, tie, wine label, refrigerator, office entrance…

Travel Pensum

Provenance Researcher: No need to follow the global art fair circus.
Corporate Art Manager: Cleverness wins: selecting an artist from the Philippines for a collab offers a higher chance of a business trip than an artist from the local art school.

Favourite webpage

Provenance Researcher: www.artloss.com
Corporate Art Manager: www.linkedin.com

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