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.