Art standards: identification and consensus in the art world
Vastari works with a variety of different partners in the art world, both on- and off-line. What has been a constant struggle is the duplication of data and an inability to establish data trust. We are delighted that by lobbying for us to work together, a solution is starting to emerge through the non-profit initiative that is the Art Identification Standard.
The AIS is at the early stages, where a big victory is to have players across the ecosystem, including competitors or staunch enemies, admit there is a problem and that we should work together to solve it.
Press release about the first exploratory event at the London Art Fair below.
In the art world, artists, collectors and institutions know how important it is to
trust the authenticity, provenance, title, and condition of an artwork when
tracking an artwork in the market or adding an asset to their collection.
Over the past years, companies and organisations have developed
independent standards that do not integrate with each other, causing there to
be duplicate records, incomplete data and difficult integration across platforms.
The Art Identification Standard (AIS) was formed to define a framework of
industry-wide standards for the identification of art, which is expected to
fundamentally enhance the way artworks are managed. AIS’ aim is to promote
the understanding and functionalities of cutting-edge technology applied to the
tracing, identification and protection of art. These industry-wide protocols
would also help digital integration and collaboration across companies and
non-profit initiatives in the sector.
Blockchain technology solutions have made it possible for the industry to
create tools to support the development, management and identification of art,
both physical and digital, providing institutions and artists with an easier entry
method to manage and profit from their collection. These initiatives also allow
for collaboration in a neutral environment, where no single player owns or
manages the data.
This first introductory panel from the AIS will explore use cases from
curators, institutions, artists, technology companies and art dealers where a
common standard would be helpful and/or necessary. A Q&A session will
follow an introduction from AIS partners to present their use cases for the fast
growing art market.
This panel discussion will be held at the London Art Fair:
Wednesday January 22nd at 3:30 pm
The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N10QH
With René Gimpel, art gallerist & dealer and AIS representatives Georg Bak
from 4ARTechnologies and Serena Tabacchi from MoCDA. Chaired by
Marianne Magnin, UK Managing Director of Arteïa.
Tickets and information for all talks and events can be found at: