About Louise Blouin
Louise Blouin is the Founder and Chairman of Minerva Ltd, the leading global media company focused on the promotion of the arts, culture, travel, lifestyle information and international news. Blouin Corp reaches a global, sophisticated audience interested in the latest cultural events, market news, and developments in business, politics, technology and science.
Minerva Ltd’s brands include BlouinARTINFO.com, BlouinNews.com, the Blouin Art Sales Index, magazines Blouin Art+Auction, Blouin Modern Painters, Blouin Gallery Guide, Blouin Lifestyle, Blouin Monthly Editions and catalogue publisher Somogy. Minerva Ltd’s BlouinARTINFO.com sites feature comprehensive coverage of visual arts, performing arts, architecture & design, fashion, travel, cultural events, artist reference information and art market news. BlouinARTINFO.com is published in fifteen national editions and nine languages, providing unparelled coverage of the latest local and international stories trends, and events. BlouinNews.com offers smart insight, original commentary and exclusive coverage of business, politics, economics, science and technology from a global perspective. The Blouin Art Sales Index provides art market participants with the most comprehensive collection of art auction records dating from 1922.
Minerva Ltd’s print publications have long been recognized as authoritative voices in the art market and emerging art scences. ART+AUCTION provides in-depth coverage of trends in the global art market, including interviews with the world’s leading dealers and collectors, and Blouin Modern Painters offers insider access to the most exciting developments in contemporary art. Blouin Lifestyle is an international magazine about luxury, design and the art of living and the Blouin Monthly Editions distributed at major cultural events globally are expanding the brand’s international reach. Somogy, Minerva Ltd’s catalogue division, produces over seventy catalog titles each year for leading institutions such as the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Prior to founding Minerva Ltd, Louise Blouin was the founding partner and co-CEO of Trader Classified Media, the leader in online and print classified advertising. In over fifteen years leading 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 in 2000 to develop Minerva Ltd.
In parallel, Louise Blouin is also Chairman of the Louise Blouin Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting cultural dialogue and addressing the challenges and opportunities of globalization through the lens of culture (LTBFoundation.org). In a strategic partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the Foundation hosts the annual Blouin Creative Leadership Summit in New York City (CreativeLeadershipSummit.org). The inaugural European Blouin Creative Leadership Summit will be in Paris in June. The Summit is a forum for heads of state, Nobel laureates, CEOs, executives of global agencies, leading scholars and artists to foster new partnerships and develop actionable solutions to challenges such as poverty, trade, cultural conflict and climate change.
About the Louise Blouin Foundation
Since 2005 the Foundation has hosted a series of contemporary art exhibitions around the theme of cultural dialogue at its exhibition space in Holland Park, London. The Foundation has featured renowned Chinese artist Wang Guangyi, installation artists Gary Hill and Gary Judah, as well as submissions to 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; the commission of 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.