Fine Art Is Fine For Brand Building

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On Ad Age’s behalf, Teressa Iezzi, the editor of Creativity magazine spoke to Sebastien Agneessens, founder of Formavision about the use of fine art in advertising.

Agneessens, a gallery owner with an M.B.A. and a background in marketing at companies such as L’Oreal and Chanel, launched Formavision in 2002 when brands began to seek him out to curate their art adventures.
Agneessens curated the Lexus 460 show as well as last year’s Starbucks Salon, a music lounge and gallery the marketer fronted in New York. He’s worked with brands like Diesel and Marithe & Francois Girbaud and recently published his first book, “Remastered,” in which 55 classic works of art are reinterpreted by a new generation of artists.
“Today brands need to connect to people on an emotional or intellectual level,” Agneessens says. “Speaking about what you have to sell is necessary, but not enough. Brands need to state who they are, share their values and build their culture so they can be understood in qualitative terms.”
His latest project: a collaboration with a group of artists to create permanent installations for the New World of Coca-Cola, set to open next month in Atlanta.

The line between art and commerce is no more, if, in fact, it ever was.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.