The world of online art initiatives is a-changing. On the heels of Art.sy‘s public launch, ARTINFO has learned that VIP Art’s director, Liz Parks, has left the company after nine months. Cristina Biaggi, associate director of VIP Art, will oversee gallery relations and sales at the start-up moving forward. Biaggi has been with VIP since its inception in 2010. A rep from the site says it does not currently plan to hire a new director.
Parks joined VIP in January 2010 after the departure of Noah Horowitz, who left the virtual world to become managing director of the Armory Show. She will now return to her advisory business, Parks Fine Art, full time. “There have been a number of interesting opportunities that have arisen over the past year and I just couldn’t continue to pass them up,” she told ARTINFO in an e-mail. “I wish everyone at VIP the best.”
It’s been a fall season full of changes for VIP, which this September launched a year-round website hosting permanent selections of gallery inventory as well as short-term, more specialized time-based online events.
— Julia Halperin