Chrissy Crawford opened her art advisory business in New York City in 2006 after earning a Master’s in International Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. Her business consisted of working with galleries, private clients and corporations to acquire new works of contemporary art. While the majority of her clients were experienced collectors, her passion was matching emerging artists with young collectors. With the onset of the recession, many of Chrissy’s clients were faced with shrinking art budgets, but their passion for contemporary art was unchanged. She decided to create a platform to enable collectors to discover, collect and live with the best contemporary art without having to hire a private art advisor, travel to art fairs or spend their entire art budget on one work. It was at this point that ArtStar was born.
Mike runs the daily business operations at ArtStar. He began is career working for the investment bank SG Cowen, where he spent much time analyzing industries and the companies that comprise them. After spending 10 years in finance however, Mike decided to make a transition into the arts. As anyone who has seen him try will attest, Mike cannot create works of art. He has a deep appreciation for those that can.
Rich has the enviable job of managing ArtStar’s amazing collection of artists and curators. He is committed to keeping you visually stimulated, and is actively on the look out for new and interesting work from all around the globe. Rich is an avid picture taker and travel junky based in Brooklyn, NY. He most recently worked with Aperture Foundation focusing on their world-renowned photography book program. Prior to that he applied his creative vision to managing events and strategic marketing for Travel + Leisure Magazine. With a keen eye and passion for photography and contemporary art he is committed to creating opportunities for artists and collectors through ArtStar.