Mr. Rabin is a Principal and co-Founder of Artvest Partners LLC, which counsels Private Collectors, Museums, Foundations, Dealers and Fortune 500 Companies on business strategies related to art and culture. In addition to its creation of the TEFAF New York Art Fairs, Artvest has guided clients from around the globe on projects of lasting economic and cultural significance.
In early 2016, Mr. Rabin, along with Artvest co-Founder Michael Plummer, established a joint venture between Artvest and TEFAF Maastricht bringing the venerable art fair to New York twice each calendar year. The new entity resulted from a complex four-party deal, conceived and negotiated by Artvest, among Spring Masters, the Haughton’s International Show, the Park Avenue Armory and TEFAF Maastricht with Artvest owning a 49% stake in the newly formed TEFAF New York. Artvest sold its equity position to TEFAF NL in April 2019.
Debuting in October 2016, the new TEFAF Art Fairs were an instant critical and commercial success. Artvest integrated TEFAF New York into the cultural fabric of the Americas by creating an active Advisory Board of leading Collectors and Museum Directors, a robust cultural program, and in partnership with Bank of America, an engaged financial and cultural sponsor. For the Opening Night Benefit, Artvest partnered with the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, raising substantial sums over multiple Fairs for cutting-edge research. Luxurious, intimate and tightly curated, the Fairs were considered game-changers in the Art Industry.
Additionally, Artvest re-invigorated the TEFAF brand by creating a dedicated Fair, TEFAF New York Spring, focused on 20th Century Art and Design. This realignment was essential for the success of the TEFAF brand in the US, given its traditional focus on earlier periods of art. Mr. Rabin was co-Director of both TEFAF New York Fall and TEFAF New York Spring from launch through 2018.
Throughout its eleven-year history, Artvest has guided a diverse international group of clients. In 2013, while consulting for Citibank’s Equity Research Group, Mr. Rabin and Artvest concluded a comprehensive, thirteen-year analysis of Sotheby’s that quickly led to activist investors taking sizable positions in the company. In 2014, Artvest was named as an Expert Witness for the Detroit Institute of Arts and the City of Detroit in the City’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy trial.
During the same period Mr. Rabin and Mr. Plummer acquired an art fair held annually in May at the historic Park Avenue Armory and rebranded it Spring Masters New York. Bringing together sixty-five leading dealers across collecting categories and from around the world, the fair introduced a radical new hexagonal floor plan designed by architect Rafael Viñoly.
Mr. Rabin is a leading speaker in the art industry and has lectured at New York University, Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and The MoneyShow San Francisco and has been featured on FOX Business News and CNBC Asia. His observations on the art market are frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Barron’s, the Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, The Washington Post, and The Art Newspaper, among others.
Prior to co-Founding Artvest Partners LLC, Mr. Rabin was Vice President of Financial Services at Christie’s, where he was jointly responsible for the structuring and development of an opportunistic art fund. The fund, designed as a private equity offering, was the first developed by a major auction house in partnership with a leading investment bank. Its strategy incorporated an investment mandate across all sectors of the global art market, strict risk control, calculated portfolio diversification, active management, open architecture, and strict governance guidelines.
Mr. Rabin began his career as an Investment Banking analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. in the Financial Institutions Group and spent many years in the investment management business. At Barclays Global Investors (BGI), now part of BlackRock, Inc., he ran global trading for the then USD 400 billion asset manager. In 1997, he left BGI to join the hedge fund side of the industry, which ultimately led to the creation of his own firm, Rebus Capital LLC.
Mr. Rabin has extensive knowledge and experience in securities markets. He has been both Manager and Head of Trading for buy-side equity/equity derivative firms and has been responsible for worldwide trading strategy and execution across 42 markets and 15 futures exchanges. In addition, he was the driving force behind the development of systems, practices, and procedures to support and enhance these businesses.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics, Mr. Rabin also holds an Advanced Certificate with Merit from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. He sits on the Board of the Rite of Summer Music Festival; whose mission is to bring classical music to the public in a bucolic outdoor setting. He is an avid collector of fine wine and has been featured in the Wine Spectator. He resides in New York City with his wife and two sons.