While highlighting, championing and celebrating womxn artists is VITAL, and I believe so is the womxn that genuinely support them. This will be a new, occasional feature, interviewing and championing the wonderful womEn of the art world.
MARINE TANGUY @marinetanguyart the kind, generous and fierce CEO and Founder of @mtartagency - they have just celebrated it’s 5th Birthday!
Marine is a close friend, having met her last year, and I thought ‘who best to launch She Curates The Professionals?’ - and she was the obvious and right candidate.
While most people concentrate on selling artwork, Marine works to accelerate artistic reputation, success and visibility. They cover studio costs and sell artwork, but also produce and implement commercial and cultural partnerships for the artists. On average, MTArtists work has grown 150% in value year on year.
Marine, how would you describe what you do in a few words?
Founded in 2015, MTArt Agency is a certified B Corp®. award-winning agency for the most exciting up and coming visual artists worldwide. The art industry typically concentrates on selling art on walls, MTArt focuses on investing and supporting the person behind it. Every month, the agency reviews 200 portfolios of artists. Its selection committee chooses artists with innovative techniques, inspiring content and strong messaging.
For the artists who sign with the agency, MTArt covers their studio costs, sells their works, implements cultural & commercial partnerships and offers press exposure. This is how we accelerate their artistic reputation, visibility and success.
On average, MTArt Artists have seen their works grow 150% in value year-on-year while signed to the agency, gain credibility in the industry and increase their exposure by 370%. MTArt Agency artists have partnered with Cannes Film Festival, brands including Aston Martin and Chloé, government bodies including the Mayor of Paris, Mayor of London and Camden Council, transit hubs such as Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Saint- Lazare train station, as well as, with museums, auction houses, and private collectors. We now have two offices – in London and Paris and want MTArt Agency to eventually rival the major Hollywood talent agencies.
Tell me about MTArt Agency, and the journey to starting your company?
I started MTArt Agency as I wanted a company that could become global, a reference in the art world and I loved working with the top artists. The talent agency model seemed like the right option to do that. We built the first talent agency in the world in the arts and are currently number one in the world with four offices in Monaco, Madrid, Paris and London.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Every single day one of our artists achieve something incredible. It’s insane. Watch our journey on Instagram and you will see that we do not have a single day without incredible news.
Tell me about your earliest memory surrounding art, and when did you decide to pursue a career in art?
I read it and imagined it. I come from a place where the art world doesn’t exist so I read books and I started to dream a world of art and artists. Reality and imagination blended.
What was the first piece of artwork you bought?
Jennifer Abessira - La Vie en Rose. The artist has since become one of the most respected artists in Israel.
What are your top tips for anyone starting their art collection?
Spend time to research and question the information you are being given. I love social media as the number of followers, connections and credibility of an art professional can be seen very quickly.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a true romantic and an introvert. I had to protect this side in business but my heart is very much what leads me in my private life.
If you could have a meal with any artist from any time, what would the meal be and who would it be with?
Theodore Gericault - to understand the times, the thoughts, the fear and the passion behind his works.
What has been your experience of the creative world so far?
A world of strong characters, where emotions, intellect and finance mix. A place where diversity is lacking and people struggle to relate to people who are different to them,
What are some things you’re committed to fulfilling?
I work daily to make sure that my business brings new solutions and adds value to our sector. I also work daily to be with the best mother, friend, family member and wife. I have no regrets and life is very full.
What is your greatest indulgence in life?
Art - my house is full of the most inspiring artworks.
How would you reframe the conversation around art to get more people involved?
We all need daily inspirations. Imagine being in a world where, as you step onto your streets, you see public art projects that inspire you, enable you to strive in life and hope. Same goes to the walls in your house. Life could just be a constant visual inspiration. I am lucky to live as such but I want to make sure that others do too with public art projects and more art and artists inspiring us on social media. I gave two TED talks on this topic.
Looking ahead, what do you think could be your biggest challenge?
Every day is a challenge so I look ahead with the vision of a very impactful art company and I tackle challenges daily.
What piece of advice would you give a young person in the arts?
Work very hard and build strong relationships.
What would be your dream project?
To see our company grow to the stage where it doesn’t need me anymore.
Favourite historical female artist?
Favourite current practising female artist?