Mr. Press began collecting contemporary art in earnest in 1980 in Chicago. After relocating to Los Angeles in 1985, Mr. Press was a co-partner in New Strategies, one of the first of the Los Angeles “salon” galleries. While maintaining his business interests in New Strategies, Mr. Press worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney and Accenture, serving a range of global corporations and nonprofit entities, specializing in strategy, marketing, and operations. In 2003, Mr. Press teamed with Gregory Linn to found LINN | PRESS, serving clients in North America and Europe.
In spring 2009, Messrs. Press and Linn were guest curators of "FIVE," at BAIBAKOV art projects (Moscow.) This was the first in-depth presentation of work by Walead Beshty, Matthew Brannon, Wade Guyton, Sterling Ruby, and Kelley Walker in Russia. This exhibition examined the aesthetic lineages of these younger American artists in relationship to Donald Judd, Robert Indiana, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol. Since then, Messrs. Press and Linn have organized or contributed to several additional exhibitions or special projects. Mr. Press is an editor of and a contributing author to "LOVE STORY, Anne and Wolfgang Titze Collection," which is scheduled for publication in June 2014 by the Belvedere Museum and 21er Haus (Vienna).
Mr. Press has spoken about the contemporary art markets in a variety of settings – from art fairs to universities – in Miami Beach, Milan, Cologne, Moscow, and New York. He has previously taught art economics, strategy, and marketing at the State University of New York. He is currently an adjunct professor at New York University, where he teaches:
- "Art Market Economics: Fine Art as a Financial Asset"
- "The Concept of Value in Contemporary Art: Pleasure, Taste, Brand, Celebrity, and Price"
- "Art, Commerce, and Technology: Disruptive Innovation in a Traditional Market"
- "Movements, Markets, and Money."
He is a frequent speaker about art as an asset class to private banks and wealth management firms. His opinions and insights are frequently sought by leading business publications, including Alternative Latin Investor, Forbes Magazine, The New York Observer, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Press graduated from the University of Rochester, with concentrations in anthropology and art history, where he was awarded the Genesee Scholarship and the Francis G. Wells Scholarship for academic excellence. He completed his master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Subsequently, he completed the requirements for a Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale), and he was a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies, Barbados. Mr. Press is member of the American Alliance of Museums, American Anthropological Association, the Association for Cultural Economics International, and Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness.
Mr. Press was elected to the Board of the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, where he served as Treasurer. He also served on the 20th Century Acquisitions Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was a member of the Advisory Board of Project X Foundation for Art and Criticism, a Los Angeles nonprofit. Mr. Press is a patron of The Art Institute of Chicago. With Mr. Linn, he has been a benefactor to The Art Institute of Chicago, City of Chicago (Department of Cultural Affairs), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art.