About the Founder
Juliette Yuan was born in Beijing to a mother as a former ballerina and antique dealer between China and France and a father as a retired university professor passionate about photography, Western opera, literature, and sports. Majored in the French language in college, Juliette worked for Air France as a C-level Executive Assistant after graduation before pursuing her Master's in French literature in Paris. She entered the art world by working for a Chinese antique gallery in Paris and dealt for four years with many high-net-worth collectors in Europe and North America and gained hands-on experience in business strategy, management, client-facing, art history research, antique valuation, inventory maintenance, cataloging, and auction sales planning. Inspired by a group of influential French artists and architects, she soon discovered her real passion for modern and contemporary art.
Juliette began exploring the international contemporary art world by promoting European contemporary artists' work to nonprofits, museums, and international festivals in mainland China. Working as an independent curator allowed her to collaborate extensively with museums, academies, governmental institutions, foreign
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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 ten Asian and Middle Eastern curators' projects at the ShContemporary Art Fair, one of the key investments of Italy's top exhibition company, BolognaFiere Group in Shanghai; supervising the Imperial City Art Museum of Beijing in the daily operation of the museum and its New Media Art curatorial program; strategizing, fundraising, and curating the British telematic art pioneer Roy Ascott's first China retrospective at the 9th Shanghai Biennial. These opportunities and forefront positions gave her unique connections in the international art world, insight into mainland China's policies toward the Western art world, and a deep understanding of their different mentalities in socializing and conducting businesses.
Juliette founded JY&A Art Advisory and Appraisal services in 2018, following five years of promoting Asian contemporary artists' works through exhibitions, educational programs, and lectures with New York local nonprofits and top-ranked universities and art schools, in the meantime, expanding and cultivating her connections in the mainstream American art world by engaging proactively in fundraising and business development activities. In 2017, She successfully strategized and executed the promotion of Postmasters Gallery (New York) and its artists in mainland China through collaboration with ShanghArt Gallery in Shanghai. Since JY&A's foundation, Juliette cultivated a new Chinese collectors' market in New York for a dozen emerging and established artists under her representation and consignment, organized more than ten solo and group exhibitions online and on-site, realized 19 domestic and international art sales, including two museum acquisitions in mainland China. During the pandemic lockdown, upon Beeple's groundbreaking 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. As an Accredited Member of the Appraisers Association of America and a USPAP-Compliant Fine Art Appraiser, she regularly collaborates with Sharon Chrust & Associates (Stamford, CT), serving the US-based private, corporate, and institutional collectors with valuation and commissioned IRS-standardized appraisal reports for various purposes. An art collector complimented recently on a museum donation appraisal she accomplished as "incredibly well done."
Juliette has been editor and guest editor to international publication projects in China and the United Kingdom, 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 numerous 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).