Emily de Wolfe Pettit (艾美丽) is an independent Chinese art specialist and cross-cultural strategist with over ten years’ experience working with artists and institutions within China and the presentation of Chinese art internationally.
Ms Pettit first came to China in the role of researcher at Bei Jing Da Xue (Peking University) in 2004, since which time she has accumulated extensive knowledge of the contemporary Chinese art world from the multiple angles of major artists, collectors, critics, curators, art academicians, art journalists and publishers. Over this period she has acquired close expertise of the often-distinct motives and contextual requirements of collectors of Chinese art in mainland China and the West, guiding the latter far beyond a narrow approach of “export art”. In 2006 Ms Pettit established a Representative Office for the contemporary Chinese arts consultancy Arts Influential China in Shanghai, with three foci: sourcing important works from the immediate post “Opening Up” period for private collectors and foundations; curatorial projects on behalf of galleries and art fairs; and advising Western multi-national corporations on their brand identity in China through their association with, and collection building of, the finest emerging Chinese artists.
Ms Pettit also lectured part-time in Arts Management at graduate level at Shanghai University at this time. In 2013 Ms Pettit formed Peking Art Associates with associate specialists now in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, London and Toronto, working either on projects in these cities locally or cross-culturally.
Ms Pettit has previously consulted the art fairs Art HK (now Art Basel Hong Kong), Korea’s Busan Art Fair and New York’s Asian Contemporary Art Fair (ACAF), where in 2008 she was responsible for VIP collector relations and special programming, including a showcase of New York collectors’ early installations by artist Ai Weiwei and video works by Gu Dexin, a spotlight exhibit of young Chinese artists, and an accompanying lecture series at the CORE Club New York featuring notable speakers Dr Charles Merewether, Dr Robert C. Morgan and Dr Richard Vine.
Ms Pettit is a native English speaker and has good aptitude in Mandarin and German.