Stapleton & Babian provides curatorial, art historical, and scientific expertise to small museums, private collectors and individuals. We will professionally assess the significance of your potential acquisition, assist you to divest art holdings, or help you navigate the legal, ethical, and authenticity issues surrounding the acquisition of your works of art. We provide you with the information needed to demonstrate the significance of your potential acquisition or to help you to avoid the potential legal issues surrounding looted works of art and to avoid the many fakes and forgeries on the market.
Lyssa C. Stapleton, C.Phil, has more than 20 years of curatorial experience working with archaeological, ethnographic, and woven materials. Lyssa specializes in authentication methods, fine art handling, curatorial research, collections and data management, and art couriering. She has worked with collections of international textiles, ancient Chinese objects, North American Indian baskets and rugs, contemporary fiber art, Japanese basketry, African and Oceanic material, and American and international folk art.
Garine Babian has an MA in Art History and a law degree. She worked for Bonhams and Butterfields in auction preparation and accounting and for SB Fine Art gallery and other Los Angeles galleries where she managed client relations, exhibition coordination, installation and the curation of exhibitions. As an attorney, she specialized in intellectual property law, including copyrights and trademarks, as well as contracts relating to gallery consignment and employment in the arts. Garine speaks French, Arabic, and Armenian.