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Art advisory & financing

For over forty years, our pioneering Art Advisory & Finance services have guided clients through the global art market, helping them build collections and achieve liquidity from artworks. 

Art Advisory & finance
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Collecting art has been a passion of many wealthy individuals and families for millennia.

Discovering, acquiring, and living with great works of art can bring enormous joy and gratification.

Since 1979, our in-house art specialists have built, maintained, and protected some of the top art collections in the world.

Through our Art Advisory service, we can guide you through the art market, developing an acquisition strategy to build a collection that reflects your vision.

We enable borrowing against internationally marketable paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs of high quality and value, having pioneered this concept ourselves.

By using your art as collateral, you can create liquidity in order to add to your collection or for other investment purposes.

Our art advisors offer independent and objective advice, serving as your advocate to identify, research, evaluate, and negotiate acquisitions and sales of art on your behalf.

Collaborating with our investment finance specialists, we work with you to establish the terms and conditions of the loan.

In most cases, a collection used as collateral may remain in your home or office.

The global art market continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Our art specialists help you understand the latest trends and developments, serving as a key partner in building and maintaining your collection.

Suzanne Gyorgy
Global Head of Art Advisory & Financing
How we serve you
Insight
Our Art Advisory & Finance team has extensive industry experience from careers in major museums, galleries, and auction houses.

Our specialities cover global collecting fields ranging from 19th Century, Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art.

We monitor the latest trends from art fairs, exhibitions, and auctions worldwide to deliver the insights you need to navigate the market.

Access
A shared passion for art can create a global network with like-minded collectors and specialists.

It can also give you access to auctions, galleries and private collections.

Our ongoing program of client events includes art collector dinners, gallery visits, specialist talks, and private viewings at the world's leading art fairs.

Legacy
Given both its financial and sentimental value, we believe your art should be reflected within your wealth planning strategy.

We can work with colleagues across the Private Bank to develop estate and/or philanthropic plans for your collection.

Collecting art can also be a way to express global citizenship, either through lending or gifting artworks to museums and cultural institutions for the enjoyment of others.

Meet our people

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Global Head
Suzanne Gyorgy
Global Head of Art Advisory & Finance
The global art market continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Our art specialists help you understand the latest trends and developments, serving as a key partner in building and maintaining your collection.

Suzanne Gyorgy leads our Art Advisory & Finance team. She brings more than 25 years of curatorial and art market experience to our clients.

Previously, she served as director of exhibitions for the Morris Museum, New Jersey and the director of the PaineWebber (UBS) Art Gallery in New York. Suzanne began her career as a registrar at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Suzanne has lectured, served on panels, and been interviewed widely on issues relating to the art market and collecting. She holds a fine arts degree from the Pratt Institute.

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Suzanne Gyorgy caricature
Global Head
Suzanne Gyorgy
Global Head of Art Advisory & Finance

Suzanne Gyorgy leads our Art Advisory & Finance team. She brings more than 25 years of curatorial and art market experience to our clients.

Previously, she served as director of exhibitions for the Morris Museum, New Jersey and the director of the PaineWebber (UBS) Art Gallery in New York. Suzanne began her career as a registrar at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Suzanne has lectured, served on panels, and been interviewed widely on issues relating to the art market and collecting. She holds a fine arts degree from the Pratt Institute.

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Betsy Bickar
Art Advisor

With more than two decades of experience in the fields of contemporary, modern, Latin American and American art, Betsy help clients build museum-quality collections.

She started her art advisory career working for a private Latin American art collection and foundation. She has held positions at galleries such as Pace Gallery and Sean Kelly Gallery, and founded an internationally recognized exhibition space in San José, Costa Rica.

She has written and edited university-level art history materials for Pearson Education, and has advised numerous private and institutional clients on significant art acquisitions.

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Julie Muehleisen
Art Collections Manager

Julie brings more than 15 years of experience as a manager and museum-trained registrar to our clients. She oversees the worldwide transport, installation, storage, framing, conservation and fine arts insurance of our advisory clients’ collections, ensuring their safekeeping for future generations.

She previously held positions at The Museum of Modern Art as a manager of the prints and illustrated books department, and researcher in the architecture and design department. Julie has also worked with the Finnish Consulate General on the preservation of modern Finnish architecture and as a registrar at ACA Galleries.

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Mary Kate O'Hare
Art Advisor

With more than 20 years of curatorial and academic experience, Mary-Kate brings extensive expertise in US and Latin American modern and contemporary art to our clients.

Previously, Mary-Kate served as curator of American art at the Newark Museum and held a fellowship at the Clark Art Institute. She has organized several critically lauded exhibitions and has taught numerous university-level art history courses and seminars. She continues to regularly publish and speak on modern and contemporary art.

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Fotini Xydas
Art Advisor

A specialist in 19th century European, Impressionist and Modern art, Fotini has served our art clients for more than a decade. She provides objective advice on acquisitions and sales, in addition to evaluating and managing Citi’s international art finance portfolio.

Fotini has experience in both curating exhibitions and appraising art. She began her career at Sotheby’s and Hollis Taggart Galleries.

She has completed all coursework for a PhD in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she holds a master’s in philosophy and a master’s from Columbia University in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies.

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