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, Chinn, 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.
He 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.
Chinn 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. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Oxford University.
Artist advisory services
Christy MacLear is charged with expanding advisory services for artists, estates and foundations. She was the first CEO of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the founding Executive Director of the Philip Johnson Glass House, giving her deep expertise in legacy planning for artwork use, foundation start-ups and museum sites.
Previous positions also focused on strategy and cultural start-ups including advising Cleveland Clinic’s CEO on patient experience, moving Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive to create a lakefront park and strategic planning for Walt Disneys’ Celebration project.
MacLear has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, a BA from Stanford University, where she serves on the Board of Trustees.
Collection development and management
Fernanda Arruda is an independent curator based in New York. She has curated shows at Apex Art, The Moore Space, Anton Kern Gallery, Gavin Brown Enterprise, E-Flux, Galeria Luisa Strina in São Paulo, amongst others.
Arruda has also written for catalogue essays and selected press. She is currently a curatorial adviser of a private collection in New York and has been the Adjunct Curator of Instituto Inhotim in Brazil for over 10 years. She gained a Masters degree from New York University.
Ivy Crewdson is an art advisor who has worked with Allan Schwartzman for ten years. Prior to that, she worked at Gladstone Gallery for a decade and at Pace Gallery in New York.
Crewdson went to Oberlin College, before transferring to New York University to study art history. She received a Masters degree from the Institute of Fine Arts where she studied with Linda Nochlin, Colin Eisler, and Kirk Varnadoe.
Stephen Gribbin is the Director of Collections Management at Art Agency, Partners. He has worked for Allan Schwartzman since 2008. He previously worked as Executive Assistant to the Dean at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Gribbin received a Masters degree in Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney and a B.A. in Art History from Vassar College.
Charlotte Perrottey is a Director of Collections Development. Previously, she worked as a Director at Allan Schwartzman, Inc., and as a Specialist in the Post-War & Contemporary Art department at Christie’s.
Perrottey is studying for a Masters degree in Art History at Hunter College, CUNY. She graduated with B.A.s in Art History and History from New York University.
Ed Tang is a Director of Art Agency, Partners. As a native of Hong Kong and the U.K., Tang received a B.A. degree in History of Art from University College London.
Tang moved to New York in 2014, shortly before becoming the Global Head of First Open at Christie’s. He oversaw the First Open New York contemporary auctions and helped its expansion to London, Hong Kong as well as the online realm. Previously an ambassador for Tate Young Patrons and the founding co-chair of the Whitechapel Gallery First Futures group, Tang is also on the Tate Asia-Pacific Acquisition Committee.
Charlotte Burns is the Editor of Art Agency, Partners. She was previously the US news and market editor for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular correspondent for publications such as the Guardian and Monocle. Previously, she worked with the London dealer Anthony d’Offay on special projects. For several years, she was a consultant at the cultural communications agency, Bolton & Quinn. She also worked at Hauser & Wirth in London.
Burns received a Masters degree in Art and Cultural Politics in Germany, 1890-1945 from the Courtauld Institute as well as a first-class B.A. honors degree in English and History of Art from Birmingham University. She moved to New York in 2010.
Joe Dunning is a Director at Art Agency, Partners, working on strategy, innovation and special projects. He previously was in charge of client development in Europe at Christie’s. He recently became an auctioneer.
Dunning received his B.A. in Modern Languages from Oxford University and his M.A. in Cultural and Creative Industries from Kings College, London.
Elsa Leal-Cruz is a Director of Global Business Development at Art Agency, Partners working collectively with team members and clients in strategizing, growing and supporting the advisory business. She began working for Allan Schwartzman in late 2012, as a comptroller and general manager. She was one of the founding staff members of Art Agency Partners.
Leal-Cruz received her BA in Business Accounting from Pace University, NY with a CPA certification and a minor in International Business.
Madeline Lissner is a Director at Art Agency, Partners, working with clients on their business, financial, and market data needs. With prior investment banking and equity investing experience, she has provided a new level of analysis to some of our largest clients.
Madeline graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and art history, as well as a certificate in French. She also has a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her prior research focused on art market pricing in relation to single-artist museum retrospectives.
Katherine Reid is a Director and a founding member of Art Agency, Partners. She has worked under the direction and mentorship of Amy Cappellazzo since 2013.
Reid received a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College in 2007 and Master of Arts from Middlebury in Paris in 2010, where she began her career in the arts at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Joseph Ruedinger is the Executive Assistant to Allan Schwartzman. He joined the team in January of 2016.
Ruedinger studied at the University of Tubingen in Germany with a focus on Literature and English. He moved to the United States in January 2011.
Michael Rudokas is a Director at Art Agency, Partners and Special Assistant to Allan Schwartzman. He was a founding staff member of Art Agency Partners working in both collections development and management for prominent American collectors and institutions.
Rudokas began working for Schwartzman in 2012 while completing his Masters at Hunter College, New York. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Visual Art from Marlboro College, Vermont.
Victoria is a Department Assistant. Since joining Art Agency Partners in January 2016, she has worked with the company directors on multiple and diverse projects. Thut directed an Alexander Calder and Sam Francis exhibition for a prominent New York gallery and worked at Fine Arts Auction Miami.
She earned her B.A. in Art History and Museum Professions, and an Associate’s Degree in Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.