Amy Cappellazzo is a Founder and Principal of Art Agency, Partners. She previously served as a market leader in the field of contemporary art during a tenure of almost thirteen years at Christie’s, where she rose to the post of Chairman of Post-War & Contemporary Development.
While at Christie’s, Cappellazzo was a steward for the sale of some of the most important collections of our time, and she continues to act as a fiduciary for numerous families, foundations and trusts. Additionally, she served as a pioneer in private sales at Christie’s as well as in online auctions, the latter through a partnership she fostered with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. During a period when the contemporary art market exploded from what was largely a European and American epicenter to a fully global stage, Cappellazzo directed groundbreaking initiatives at Christie’s that led to record results, with upward of $650 million realized in a single evening sale.
Prior to tenure at Christie’s, Cappellazzo was an art advisor, a curator and a key figure in the establishment of Art Basel in Miami Beach.
Cappellazzo received her B.A. in Fine Arts/Art History from New York University, where she was a Presidential Trustee Scholar. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Design from the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, where she focused on the role of public art in shaping cities. She is a noted Bloomberg expert, speaking internationally on the global art market, and has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York University, The Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, UCLA, Stanford University and the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the board of the New York State Council on the Arts.
Allan Schwartzman is a Founder and Principal of Art Agency, Partners. He brings to the company more than 15 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.
Trained as an art historian with a B.A. from Vassar College, 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.
Adam Chinn is a partner of Art Agency, Partners. Prior to joining Art Agency, Partners, Adam was a co-founder of Centerview Partners LLC, a boutique investment bank. At Centerview, Adam advised Capital One on its $9bn acquisition of ING Direct and its $2.6bn acquisition of HSBC’s credit card portfolio, Dreamworks Animation on the formation of its joint venture Oriental Dreamworks and Ameristar Casinos on its $3bn sale to Pinnacle Entertainment.
Prior to joining Centerview, Adam, as a partner at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, advised on several of the most prominent financial institution mergers over the last decade, including the various transactions that led to the creation of Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JP Morgan in their current form.
Adam joined Wachtell, Lipton as an associate in 1987 and was a partner of the firm from 1994 until his departure to form Centerview in 2007.
Adam currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Young People's Chorus of NYC and as a member of the Board of the On Course Foundation.
Adam is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Oxford University.