in other words

Everything you ever wanted to know about the art market but didn't know who to ask

Allan Schwartzman

co-founder of AAP & chairman of Sotheby's Global Fine Arts

Allan Schwartzman is a Founder and Principal of AAP. He brings to the company more than 20 years’ experience in advising some of the world’s most influential and sophisticated collectors in forming their holdings of contemporary art, both individually and in conjunction with their stewardship of major museums.

Schwartzman is also widely respected as an independent curator, most notably for Instituto Inhotim, the visionary contemporary art park set within a 5,000-acre botanical garden in Brazil. As creative director and chief curator of Inhotim, he has been central to developing the collection of the renowned institution and commissioning its signature site-specific works by artists including Chris Burden, Giuseppe Penone, Matthew Barney, Doris Salcedo, Doug Aitken, Rivane Neuenschwander, Olafur Eliasson and Rirkrit Tiravanija, including projects that could not have been realized anywhere else.

Known equally as a tastemaker in contemporary art and an authority on the art market, Schwartzman is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Art Basel and notable events around the world.

Schwartzman was a founding staff member of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and served as curator from 1977 to 1980. He has written extensively about art for publications including The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Artforum and Art in America and was a contributing editor of Connoisseur. He served as a board member of Franklin Furnace from 1980 to 2000 and currently serves on the Board of Artists Space, one of New York’s premier alternative spaces, having also served as the board’s president.


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Articles by Allan Schwartzman

Shows you’re going to want to see, but don’t know about yet

Groundbreaking (and prize-winning) exhibitions

By Allan Schwartzman

Birds do it

In praise of passion

By Allan Schwartzman

There has been no greater artist since Andy Warhol than Andy Warhol

Why the market is still discovering his genius

By Allan Schwartzman

Where we were and where we are going

Then and now: ten years in the market

By Allan Schwartzman

Loving looking

Art that should be seen in the flesh

By Allan Schwartzman

From Quotas to Data

By Allan Schwartzman

Rethinking the Format

Biennials, Triennials and the Like

By Allan Schwartzman

The Quintessential American Artist

Robert Irwin Breaks Down Barriers

By Allan Schwartzman

You Gotta Have Faith

These Shows Are Why We Look at Art

By Allan Schwartzman

Hungry for More?

Introduction to the Sales

By Allan Schwartzman

Postwar and Contemporary Analysis

By Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman

Spotlight on Specific Artists’ Markets

By Charlotte Burns with Allan Schwartzman

Impressionist and Modern Analysis

By Charlotte Burns with Allan Schwartzman

10 Museum Retrospectives That Need To Happen

Shows That Could Transform The Way We Think About Art

By Allan Schwartzman

“Why should there be art if we aren’t going to look at it?”

A tribute to Linda Nochlin

By Allan Schwartzman

The Future of the Museum

By Charlotte Burns

Knowledge of the past is the key to the future

Robert Colescott’s Art

By Allan Schwartzman

An Insider’s Guide

The A-Z of HK 🇭🇰🚗🍚

By Allan Schwartzman and Ed Tang

Modeling the Museum

From Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong

By Allan Schwartzman

The Wonderful Mind and Eye of Mr Vo

Danh Vo’s Potent Show

By Allan Schwartzman

A New Chapter

An Opportunity to Dream

By Allan Schwartzman

Business, But Not As Usual

Tension in the Tectonic Plates Underlying the Market

By Charlotte Burns with Allan Schwartzman

Leaps of Faith

Looking Back, One Year On

By Allan Schwartzman

Take My Breath Away

The Shows to See in 2018

By Allan Schwartzman

Nine Museum Shows That Will Change The Game

Upcoming Exhibitions Worthy of Your Support

By Allan Schwartzman, Joe Dunning, and Charlotte Burns

Gestures of Goodwill

Where to Give

By Allan Schwartzman

Highlights from Miami

Our Favorite Works of Art

By Allan Schwartzman, Ivy Shapiro, and Charlotte Burns

Cracking the Crab—and the Code

Tips for Art Basel Miami Beach

By Allan Schwartzman

Are We Still Having Fun?

The November Auctions

By Allan Schwartzman

Postwar and Contemporary Auction Analysis

By Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman

Impressionist and Modern Auction Analysis

By Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman

Spotlight on Specific Markets

By Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman

A New Age in Painting (at Last)?

Witnessing a Reinvigoration

By Allan Schwartzman

The Suit and the Sweater

By Charlotte Burns

Great Art Right Now

An Unexpected Golden Age

By Allan Schwartzman

Secret Ambitions

Rethinking Art as We Know It

By Allan Schwartzman

Market Takeaways

What You Need to Know From Frieze Week in London

By Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman

The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Heavenly Conduit

Books I Would Love to Read but Will Never Write

By Allan Schwartzman

America—What’s in a Name?

Coming to Grips with the American in Latin American Art

By Allan Schwartzman

An Appetite for Risk

Going Deeper Into the Forest

By Allan Schwartzman

Having a Fool for a Client

Being an Advisor Doesn’t Make Me Immune

By Allan Schwartzman

American Art and Its Market

Aging Gracefully or a Culture in Decline?

By Allan Schwartzman

Venice Dispatch

Highlights from the Biennale

By Allan Schwartzman

Get Your First Wurst at Noon

Rules for Art Basel

By Allan Schwartzman

The Hesse at the Messe

By Allan Schwartzman

Our Analysis of the Auctions

By Charlotte Burns and Allan Schwartzman

Introduction to the Auction Analysis

Our Take on the May 2017 Sales

By Allan Schwartzman

Art That Defined the Moment

By Robert Storr, Michael Trier, and Allan Schwartzman

Sweeping Herculean Shows

Are They Still Potent?

By Allan Schwartzman

Quietly Creating Change

The Met Breuer Program

By Allan Schwartzman

Right Place, Right Time

The New Museum

By Allan Schwartzman

A Museum of One’s Own

Focus on Brazil

By Allan Schwartzman

Fight Doom with a Smile

Roe Ethridge at Andrew Kreps

By Allan Schwartzman

Part two, Uncovering the Great Art of the 2000s with David Salle and Alison Gingeras

Why is it so hard to pinpoint the important artists of this period?

By Charlotte Burns

Shutting Shop

On Andrea Rosen

By Allan Schwartzman

Uncovering the Great Art of the 2000s with David Salle and Alison Gingeras

Why is it so hard to pinpoint the important artists of this period?

By Charlotte Burns

20 Postwar Artists Who Deserve Greater Recognition

Some Are Obscure, Others Are Known—but All Should Be More Celebrated

By Allan Schwartzman

Monumental Sculptures

By Allan Schwartzman

In Times of Bounty

Jimmie Durham and Marisa Merz

By Allan Schwartzman

Welcome to In Other Words

Introduction to Our New Project

By Allan Schwartzman