Louise BlouinLouise BlouinFounder

Louise Blouin is the Founder and Chairman of BlouinArtinfo Corp, the leading global media company focused on the promotion of the arts, culture and luxury. This company’s brands includes publications such as Art+Auction, Modern Painters, BLOUINARTINFO.com, Art Sales Index, Culture and Travel, Gallery Guide and French publisher Somogy. Prior to founding BlouinArtinfo Corp, Louise Blouin was the founding partner and CEO of Trader Classified Media.

In over 15 years as Chairman and CEO of Trader Classified, Louise Blouin turned around a business with more than 70 companies, 400 publications and 9 million readers per week. With her management team, she led over 7,000 employees in North America, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Australia, and developed 60 internet sites in 20 countries. She relinquished her interest in Trader Classified to develop BlouinArtinfo Corp (BAIC).

From its in-depth reporting and coverage of the art market in Art+Auction magazine, to the insider access of Modern Painters and the breaking news and analysis on ARTINFO.com, BAIC covers international art, culture and luxury living from every perspective. With offices in New York, London and Paris, and more than three hundred writers worldwide, BAIC publishes over 90 titles per year, including catalogs for leading institutions such as the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum. In 2010 BAIC launched ARTINFO China (April) and ARTINFO France (June), featuring each nation’s most comprehensive coverage of art, culture, design, architecture, performing arts and art market financial information.

In parallel, Louise Blouin is also the Founder and Chairman of the Louise Blouin Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting cultural and multi-disciplinary dialogue as a way to effectively address global issues (ltbfoundation.org). In a strategic partnership with the United Nations Office of Partnerships, the Foundation hosts the annual Blouin Creative Leadership Summit in New York City (creativeleadershipsummit.org). The Summit is a forum for heads of state, and leaders from business, global agencies, science, technology, and the arts to develop future oriented strategies to successfully navigate and benefit from the challenges and opportunities presented by globalization.

Since 2005 the Foundation has hosted a series of contemporary art exhibitions oriented around the theme of cultural dialogue at its museum space in Holland Park, London. The Foundation has featured renowned Chinese artist Wang Guangyi, installation artists Gary Hill and Gary Judah, as well as the Kandinsky Prize, a competition for emerging Russian artists.

In January 2009, the Foundation organized ART+HOPE, a project in collaboration with artist Ross Bleckner and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, to provide art-based therapy to former child soldiers in Northern Uganda. Other Foundation initiatives include Bring Back New Orleans, a research effort that enabled the city of New Orleans to obtain a $300 million federal earmark for development of the city’s cultural sector; a research report by the OECD on the contribution of cultural industries to national economies entitled International Measurement of the Economic and Social Importance of Culture; and support for A Soldier’s Tale, a theatre production by Iraqi and British actors in London’s Old Vic Theatre.