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The China Project

Art as an Asset Class: A conversation with Ed Tang and John Auerbach

sponsored by East West Bank

September 28, 2022 | Online

Interested in expanding your portfolio? Join John Auerbach, CEO of UOVO, and Ed Tang, Partner at Art-Bureau, to learn more about art as an asset class. Moderated by Agnes Lew, Senior Vice President and Head of Private Banking at East West Bank. Hosted by The China Project (formerly SupChina). 

John Auerbach

John Auerbach

John Auerbach is the CEO of UOVO, the premier provider of fine art and collection storage and services. Prior to UOVO, John was at Sotheby’s where he was the Executive Vice President of Art, Objects, Luxury and Digital Businesses. Before Sotheby’s, Mr. Auerbach was the Interim Global Head of Digital and Ecommerce Strategy for Kate Spade & Co, following three years as the International Managing Director for Digital and eCommerce at Christie’s. Mr. Auerbach was also a member of the founding team of Gilt Groupe, and served as the President of Gilt’s men’s business.

Mr. Auerbach is currently the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of LiveArt Holdings and was the Founder and Chairman of Eloquii, a digitally-native direct to consumer women’s fashion brand that was acquired by Walmart. He serves on the Board of Directors of Monro Inc. Mr. Auerbach holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A from the Columbia Business School.

Mr. Auerbach and his husband Ed Tang are avid collectors and have significant institutional involvement, having gifted and pledged works to numerous institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, LACMA, the High Museum of Atlanta, and the ICA Miami. They have also started an artist residency, the Beecher Residency, that takes place at their Marcel Breuer designed home in Litchfield, Connecticut. Mr. Auerbach serves on the Board of Advisors of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Ed Tang

Ed Tang

Ed Tang is a Partner at Art-Bureau. Ed has over ten years of experience in the art world working with collectors, artists, galleries and institutions. Ed was most recently a director at Art Agency, Partners in New York and was Vice-President and Director of Global Fine Arts at Sotheby’s New York. Ed’s previous work included collector advisory, collection development and management, valuations and special projects involving artists, estates and foundations in the US, Europe and Asia. A native of Hong Kong and the U.K., Ed received a B.A. degree in History of Art from University College London. Ed is certified by the Appraisers Association of America to be Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant. 

During his time in London, Ed was an ambassador for Tate Young Patrons and the founding co-chair of the Whitechapel Gallery First Futures patron group. Ed was also a member of the Tate Asia-Pacific Acquisition Committee for a number of years. Ed moved to New York in 2014, shortly before becoming the Global Head of First Open at Christie’s. He oversaw the First Open New York contemporary auctions and helped its expansion to London, Hong Kong as well as the online realm.  More recently, Ed became a founding member of the Asia Art Archive Women in Art History Fund and has been involved as a Friend at the Foundation for Contemporary Art since 2017. Beginning in 2020, Ed became a member of the Centenary International Advisory Committee for the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation. Ed has also been host to the ‘Dior Common Thread’ podcast series that launched in 2021. Ed was elected as Trustee of the Noguchi Musuem in New York in June 2022.