biographies

city|art insider represents a network of art experts working in Paris. With whom you work depends on the style of art you wish to acquire or tour, from antiquities to contemporary art and photography.

 

FOUNDERS

Caroline Etter, Art Consulting

Art consultant, historian of art, friend to collectors and artists both, Caroline has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 15 years.

After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and at Bibliothèque nationale de France. Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist, a gallery manager working with private and corporate clients. 

She’s lived in London, Munich and Rome; speaks French, Italian, English and German; and grown the international network of art world colleagues on which she draws for city | art insider clients.

Caroline Etter

Caroline Etter

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Consultante en art, historienne de l’art, proche des artistes et des collectionneurs, Caroline travaille dans le secteur artistique parisien depuis 15 ans.

Diplômée en histoire des arts décoratifs du XXe siècle à l'université de Paris La Sorbonne, elle a commencé à travailler à la Villa Médicis à Rome puis à la Bibliothèque nationale de France. Elle a été journaliste, commissaire d’exposition et manager de galerie d’art. Elle a habité Londres, Rome et Munich et a développé un réseau international dans le domaine artistique qu'elle met désormais au service des clients de city | art insider.

 

 

Carolyn Smith, Marketing

In 2011, Carolyn arrived in Paris from Toronto, Canada, where she’d been working as a marketing consultant following a career in public broadcasting at CBC.ca and PBS.org. She was immediately drawn to the artistic life of the city, attending many major art events.

When guests arrived wanting to buy a piece of serious art to take home,  Carolyn saw the challenge: how to connect visitors with exactly the right works of art in a short period of time. Connecting with Caroline Etter provided the answer, and city | art insider grew from there.

Carolyn currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada and Paris.

 
Carolyn Gibson Smith

Carolyn Gibson Smith

 

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En 2011, Carolyn s'est installée à Paris, quittant Toronto au Canada où elle travaillait comme consultante en communication, marketing et gestion du web pour la télévision publique canadienne (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation et  PBS).

Amatrice d'art et collectionneuse, Carolyn a été immédiatement séduite par la scène parisienne et ses innombrables évènements. Après le passage de ses invités à Paris, elle s'est demandé comment leur faire découvrir le travail d'artistes pendant un court séjour. Elle a commencé à travailler avec Caroline Etter ; city | art insider était né.


Associated art consultants and guides

All city|art insider guides and consultants are independent, active professionals in the Paris art world. You can find their bylines in the art press, and consult independently for individuals and corporations. Each has their own area of specialty, and we match them carefully according to our clients' interests.

An enthusiastic Parisian since 1988, Frederico d'Aboim adopted this multifaceted city as an ideal space in which to nurture his interest for history and grand curiosity for the creative scene. He shares it with you as you visit the great artistic sites of the city on our Classics visits. He's a certified national guide, art history graduate, and speaks, in addition to French, Spanish, Portuguese and English. 

 

Caitlin Elizabeth Boucher is a Paris-based Curator, Art Consultant, and Art History lecturer. A Barnard College, Columbia University graduate, Caitlin worked in the New York art scene (galleries, auction houses, artist studios) before moving to Paris in 2009. Specialized in contemporary art, she collaborates with Thaillywood Artist Residency, numerous international art fairs, including FIAC and private collectors. She has been invented to co-curate a selection of artworks with city art insider.

 

An art enthusiast based in Paris, graduate from UCLA with Art History and Applied Math majors, Weijia Li has been involved in art educational programs for years, and worked for auction house and several galleries in Beverly Hills. As a keen follower of the art market, she travels a lot to attend numerous art fairs in France, Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Switzerland and etc.

Frederico d'Aboim

Frederico d'Aboim

Caitlin Elizabeth Boucher

Caitlin Elizabeth Boucher

  Weijia Li

  Weijia Li

 A Paris depuis 1988, Frederico d'Aboim a adopté cette ville multiforme qui nourrit son appétit historique comme sa curiosité pour la création contemporaine. Titulaire d'une maîtrise en Histoire de l'Art, il est également Guide Conférencier National. Il mène ses visiteurs avec enthousiasme à la découverte des musées et des quartiers parisiens. Il parle couramment Français, Portugais, Espagnol et Anglais.

 

Caitlin Elizabeth Boucher est commissaire d'exposition, consultante en art et intervenante dans des cours d'histoire de l’art, à Paris. Diplômée de Barnard College, Columbia University, Caitlin commence sa carrière dans le milieu de l’art new yorkais (galeries, maisons de vente, ateliers d’artiste) avant de s'envoler pour Paris en 2009. Spécialiste de l’art contemporain, elle collabore entre autres avec Thaillywood Artist Residency, des collectionneurs privés et de nombreuses foires internationales dont la FIAC. Elle a été invitée par city art insider à collaborer à un programme de sélection d'oeuvres.

 

Diplômée en Histoire de l'art et en mathématiques par l'Université Los Angeles UCLA, Weijia Li vit maintenant sa passion pour l'art à Paris. Elle s'intéresse à l'éducation artistique et a travaillé dans le marché de l'art à Beverly Hills. Elle suit les foires en France, en Belgique, en Angleterre, Suisse,...

 

"The highlights of my visit were the fantastic and approachable personality of my guide Caroline. She made the art accessible and enjoyable all while educating and enlightening me. She was able to show me things that I would never have had access to."

-- Catherine, Los Angeles
 

"Whether it’s helping you to plan a significant acquisition for your collection or simply immersing you in the vibrant behind-the-scenes life in the city’s coolest contemporary galleries and artist studios, the dynamic duo seem to know everyone and have access everywhere." Read more...

-- Norman Howe, President, Butterfield & Robinson

"It was amazing to get an expert critique at the fair, as well as the history and background of each artist. I enjoyed meeting the artists and hearing how they conceived and executed their pieces -- being introduced to ideas and conversations I wouldn't have had access to without city | art insider."

-- Meg, Geneva

"We were new to art buying in Paris and Caroline made the experience much less intimidating. Her extensive knowledge of the art community meant that she could put together a portfolio of potential artists that really suited our tastes.

It was obvious that the galleries knew and respected her. As a result, those who met us were welcoming and attentive.

Caroline is also a great tour guide who loves to share her knowledge and passion for her beautiful city. The lunch spot she chose for us was almost as fabulous as the art we acquired!"

-- Laurie, Toronto

 

"You two are brilliant! This art experience is exactly what I have been needing to push me into the Paris art scene.

My head, absolutely filled with wonderful information and images... Thank you for introducing me to your world."

-- Sally B, Paris

"It was such a pleasure spending time with you and learning from your tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in the arts...

To roam the streets of Paris and take in all the diverse art and culture, and of course the cafes, patisseries and wine was such a treat!  

Having no real agenda, it was so easy to just let you guide us around the galleries that were showing the most relevant work of the moment."

-- Alli, Alberta

"Carolyn and Caroline / What a great team! / Galleries to Auction Druot / From Slick to Paris Photo / We learned the scene / And had fun in between!" Merci beaucoup!!

-- Anne – ABCs of Art Collecting

"Paris has everything for the art lover and the collector. With an abundance of art fairs, auctions and galleries, it is great to have someone with extensive local knowledge on your side.  We found working with city | art insider immensely helpful and very enjoyable.:

-- Jeff– ABCs of Art Collecting

city | art insider has partnered with a variety of companies in response to common  requests for places to stay, places to eat, car services, and activities inside and outside Paris.  

For expats and longterm residents in Paris

If you're in Paris for an extended stay, the venerable WICE is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization offering a wide variety of excellent courses, visits and tours for English-speakers in Paris. From creative writing, to languages and visual arts, there's something for everyone.

 

Cycle in Burgundy!

If you want to get out and adventure beyond Paris, pop on over to Butterfield and Robinson.   With the motto "slow down and see the world," Butterfield's clients enjoy walking or cycling tours of the wine regions, as well as Provence, Normandy and more. From group visits to bespoke touring, Butterfield's extraordinary reputation places it in the top-tier of adventure travel.

Traditional car services - or more surprising

As far as car services, we rely on G8 Taxis for efficient, English-speaking service, and use their app to order cars. If you want to have a private chauffeur for a half-day or a day, we'll be happy to ask for you to our selected and trustable companies. For something truly unique, we recommend River Limousine, a private cruise on the Seine in a luxurious Venetian taxi.

Learn French differently

When we're asked for recommendations for intensive & fun French language learning, we recommend The French Lesson.

They offer private French courses with a qualified team of professors, each focusing on a different subject such as art, literature, poetry, architecture or history.

It's a truly innovative approach to language learning, that allows you to fully capitalize on being in Paris as a part of your learning.

 

city | art insider welcomes partnerships with organizations dedicated to providing their clients with

  • enriching and entertaining art experiences
  • professional art selection counsel & advice

Our partners include galleries, high-end travel agencies, hotel concierges, interior architects, and bespoke service providers operating in the Paris area.

To get connected, send us a note and sign up for our bimonthly Partners newsletter, which provides information about partnering opportunities with city | art insider. 

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