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In Wake of Tumultuous Departures, Louise Blouin Media Announces New EIC

Last week, New York Post media reporter Keith J. Kelly had the scoop on a shake-up at Louise Blouin Media. Depending on which side was talking, the departure of editor-in-chief Ben Genocchio and several colleagues was either voluntary or forced/contractual.

SarahPHansonPicAs Genocchio prepares to launch rival site Artnet News next Monday, his former employer has found a successor from within for both the print and digital content side – Sarah P. Hanson (pictured). From today’s announcement:

“Sarah is a leading expert in the art market industry, and it is with great pleasure that we have her spearheading BlouinArt+Auction,” said Louise Blouin, CEO and chairman of Louise Blouin Media. “This is a time of enormous growth for BlouinArt+Auction. Revenues have continued to increase within recent months, and our March issue is up significantly compared to previous years.”

Since joining the magazine in 2010 as senior associate editor, Hanson has covered a range of topics, including the emerging Turkish art market, an artist collective in Kyoto, resurgent sales of American art and trends in contemporary photography.

“It is an honor to be entrusted with this respected brand,” said Hanson. “More than ever, the market is an inescapable force in the art world. In this super-heated environment, the best services we can provide our readers are context and connoisseurship. I look forward to building a team of experts who can bring real insight not only to the auction market, but also to primary and private sales, as well as a critical eye to the trends roiling the industry.”

Hanson was previously an editor at French visual books publisher Assouline and worked from 2005-2008 for ARTnews magazine. She hols a B.A. in English from Vassar College.

Also hired at Louise Blouin Media this year: Patrick Brennan, vice president, business development, Asia Pacific and Latin America, and Philippe Carlhammar, sales manager, Europe.

[Photo credit: Kristine Larsen for Louise Blouin Media]

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