Crypto Art:

The good, the bad,

and the deviant

Please join Nicole Bray, Founder of Mercer Contemporary, an Art Advisory and Appraisal firm in Manhattan, and Annemarie McAvoy esq., Founder of Clovis Quantum Solutions, to discuss the emergence of Crypto Art NFTs, their impact and interactions with the Fine Art market, and the evolving legal landscape. 

Wednesday, May 26 @ 3:00 – 4:00pm ET


Nicole Bray, Founder of Mercer Contemporary, is a respected and trusted art professional in New York. Nicole completed her Masters of Arts, (Hons) in Art History at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, and her undergraduate degree is in Modern History and Political Science. She has also gained various certificates through Christie’s Education, New York University, and the Appraisers Association of America. Nicole was awarded the Emerging Curator Fellowship by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2014. In 2016 she was awarded a Curatorial Residency in Mexico by the Curatorial Program for Research. Nicole worked for Phillips Auction House and a distinguished private collector, before starting her business, Mercer Contemporary, which focuses on Art Advisory, Appraisal, and Legacy Planning. She advises multiple clients on acquiring, selling, managing, and displaying their collections. She specializes in 19th, 20th, and 21st Century Fine Art, and has extensive experience in Prints and Multiples, Photographs, 20th Century Furniture, and southeast Asian and Himalayan art. Nicole is USPAP certified through May 2022 and a member of the American Appraisal Association. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

Annemarie McAvoy is a nationally-recognized expert in financial crimes, including Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Sanctions, Crypto-Currency and Anti-Bribery and Corruption compliance, internal investigations, fraud detection and crisis management. Her broad background gives her unique expertise, having been a federal and state prosecutor, an in-house attorney at major global financial institutions, and having worked at a Big Four accounting firm. She has received awards for her work from the US Secret Service, the US Customs Service and the US Department of Agriculture. She is called upon by the media as an on-air legal expert, and teaches classes on financial crimes at Columbia’s graduate School of International and Public Affairs that address issues including AML and Sanctions, compliance programs, human trafficking and transnational organized crime.

Emily Ratajkowski, Buying Myself Back: A Model for Redistribution. Estimate on Request, Lot 213, May 14 Live Auction 20001 Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Christie’s. Image courtesy NYTimes.
(still image) Blake Kathryn, Four Winds, Open Edition. Image courtesy Nifty Gateway.