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About Juliette Yuan & Associates (JY&A)

Juliette Yuan & Associates (JY&A) Art Advisory and Appraisal was founded by the Chinese-born American art curator and advisor Xiaoying Juliette Yuan in the summer of 2018, following her two decades of independent practices in Europe, mainland China, and the US. It started from her prewar apartment in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where she ran regular Art Salons to showcase her consigned artists' works. Having embraced the art world by working for an antique gallery in Paris twenty years ago, Juliette always loved her feeling and experience of presenting beautiful art objects to clients in an intimate, friendly, professional, and elegantly-decorated environment. When she had a chance to move into her current apartment, she immediately thought to convert the living room into a mini art gallery, where she could show art as part of the space in thousands of ways and promote the entire installation as a lifestyle to middle-class collectors.

From December 2018 to December 2019, JY&A Art Salons presented eight professionally designed exhibitions from Juliette's living room and online to a new collectors community in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, introducing the works of ten emerging and established artists based in New York. A great number of paintings and new media artworks were sold into their homes in New York and Beijing. 

During the two years of the pandemic, the JY&A Art Salons program kept engaging the world with online exhibitions, panel discussions, research articles, and market analysis newsletters. It also used the WeChat platform to reach a Shanghai-based art museum that acquired some signature lenticular media from a JY&A consigned artist.

JY&A keeps improving by constantly acquiring new skills and responding better to clients' requirements and needs. We've added Personal Property Appraisal as a new service for our clients in 2022. We also engage actively with galleries, private collectors, art and estate planning attorneys, peer advisors, and appraisers to generate new businesses through collaborations based on sincerity, honesty, and transparency. 

About the Founder

Xiaoying Juliette Yuan was born and grew up in Beijing in an intellectual family. Her mother was a professional dancer in China and later an antique dealer in France; her father was a university professor passionate about photography, Western opera and literature, and sports. At six years old, she was sent to live with her grandparents, who, both raised in traditional and bourgeois families in Beijing and Shanghai, signed her up for English language and classic dance classes. These classes opened her mind to Western cultures and cultivated her sense of beauty and grace. They also shaped her personality with positive traits such as self-discipline, belief in hard-working, and persistence.  

Juliette majored in the French language in college and worked for Air France Beijing Delegation before she went to Paris to pursue a Master's degree in French literature. She entered the art world in 2001 by working for a Chinese antique gallery in Paris. There, Juliette dealt with a wide range of high-net-worth collectors in Europe and North America

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and gained hands-on experience in business strategy, management, client-facing, Chinese antique valuation, historical research, cataloging, auction sales planning, and handling complicated sales and transactions. Inspired by a group of influential artists and architects she frequented in her spare time, she soon discovered her real passion in European modern and contemporary art. 

 

She began exploring the art market in mainland China in 2004 by promoting European contemporary artists' works to galleries, institutions, and international festivals. The 20th century was the most glorious time for mainland China since the new China's foundation in 1949. The booming economy and the favorable government policies for science and technology provided an encouraging environment for art professionals to experiment with more audacious projects and endeavors. Working as an independent art curator and advisor allowed Juliette to collaborate extensively with museums, academies, governmental institutions, foreign embassies, local and international art festivals, biennials, art fairs, and different industries. Some memorable experiences include managing and consulting 70 Asia-Pacific art galleries and nine large curatorial programs at the ShContemporary Art Fair in Shanghai (2008), an initiative between Lorenzo Rudolf, the former co-founder of Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, and Miami Beach, USA, and Italy's number one exhibition company, BolognaFiere Group; assisting the Imperial Art Museum of Beijing in daily operation of the museum and its New Media Art curatorial program (2009); producing and curating the British telematic art pioneer Roy Ascott's first China retrospective at the 9th Shanghai Biennial (2012). These forefront positions and precious opportunities provided her with unique connections in the international art world, with insight into mainland China's policies toward the Western cultures and art world, offering her a deep understanding of the differences between Chinese and Western mentalities in conducting business.

Juliette started providing advisory services between Asian and Western art markets in 2016, at the end of four years of living and working in New York. In 2017, She strategized the collaboration between Postmasters Gallery (New York) and ShanghArt Gallery (Shanghai), facilitated their co-presentation at the West Bund Art & Design Fair in Shanghai, and their long-term co-representation of American artist David Diao in Asia. At the foundation of JY&A in 2018, Juliette cultivated a new Chinese collectors' market in New York through regular home-based art salons from her prewar apartment in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. During the pandemic lockdown, she shifted all of JY&A's activities online. In 2021, upon Beeple's outstanding NFT sale at Christie's New York, she teamed up with a group of international digital artists, copyright attorneys, art collectors, auction experts, and wealth managers to investigate the complexity and legal issues of NFT and art, capital, and social values. The panels received great feedback from nearly 300 attendees from related industries.

Juliette has contributed to institutional publication projects with publishers in China and the United Kingdom as editor and guest editor, published articles in reputable art and architecture magazines, and actively lectured and spoken at top universities and art schools such as New York University, the School of Visual Arts, University at Buffalo, Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing, China), and several international research conferences. She owns a Master's Degree from La Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III University (Paris, France) in Comparative Literature, accomplished six years of Ph.D. coursework in Arts, Humanities, and Business at the University of Plymouth (Plymouth, UK), and was a one-year visiting scholar at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University (New York, USA). She is an Accredited Member of the Appraisers Association of America and a USPAP Compliant Fine Art Appraiser. An art collector complimented recently on a museum donation appraisal she prepared for Sharon Chrust & Associates (Stamford, CT) as "incredibly well done."

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