Curious how that Rothko ended up on your favourite television show or film? Meet Fanny Pereire

Fanny Pereire with Amiens, Cathédrale Notre-Dame, 2009-2016, by Markus Brunetti Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Fanny Pereire, a New York-based curator and art consultant, creates art collections for people who do not exist. As a fine art coordinator for blockbuster films and television series, Pereire secures authentic works of art and reproductions that speak to a characters complex personality and milieu. And as "safer-at-home" orders amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic have caused a surge in streaming services and general screen-time, Pereires projects are more visible than ever.

Most recently, her work can be seen in the FX Hulu miniseries Mrs. America starring Cate Blanchett as the conservative campaigner Phyllis Schlafly, who rallied against the Equal Rights Movement in the 1970s, and Rose Byrne as the feminist activist Gloria Steinem. In the series, Pereires historical acumen shines in a scene where Steinem attends a party in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where viewers can see works from the collection hanging in the museums rotunda, including paintings by Piet Mondrian, Lawrence Weiner and Fernand Léger. A forthcoming episode where characters attend the historic 1977 National Womens Conference in Houston also features “recreations of beautiful Rothkos”, she says.

Pereires insight into what art certain characters might be drawn to comes through a career spent in the industry. After studying architecture and art history at Bennington College in Vermont, Pereire joined the press department of Christies auction house in New York, where she “wasnt an expert in any field but was involved with all the collectors and all the sales”, she says. The experience “gave me a good idea of who collected what, which was very helpful for what happened later in my life”.

Still from Mrs. America showing the feminist activist and lawyer Bella Abzug in the Guggenheim Fernand Leger's and Rufino Tamayo's Woman and Rocks (1945) Fernand Leger, Starfish (1942). © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris Rufino Tamayo, Woman and rocks (1945). © 2020 Tamayo Heirs / Mexico / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Sabrina Lantos/FX

Pereire officially jumped from the art world to Hollywood when the producer Scott Rudin hired her to coordinate the art for the 2002 film Changing Lanes starring Ben Affleck and Samuel Jackson. “Around 30 years ago, copyright law started being enforced”, Pereire explains, and the Artists Rights Society was launched to license and monitor the intellectual property of artists. One major scene in the film takes place in the Metropolitan Museum, while a beach scene by Alex Katz serves as the backdrop for another. “Rudin approached me because he thought if the studio needed to clear the rights to the art in the film, then someone who knew about art should do it,” she says.

Since her first gig, Pereire has worked to secure the rights to works of art seen in major productions, including the 2018 art heist comedy Oceans 8,and the 2016 television drama Billions. The most expensive original piece she has placed on a set was a $20m painting by Cy Twombly, for the 2013 thriller Paranoia starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford as the heads of tech conglomerates in New York.

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