Most of Art Agency, Partners’ work is confidential and our clients, many of whom are private collectors forming museums and museum collections, rely on our discretion. However, we can share some examples of previous work.
The Instituto Cultural Inhotim is a nonprofit institution in Brazil founded by Bernardo de Mello Paz in 2002 aimed at the conservation, exhibition and production of contemporary art, in conjunction with social and educational actions. It is considered one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in the world. Much of the collection is site-specific, including works by Chris Burden, Doug Aitken and Hélio Oiticica. Allan Schwartzman serves as Artistic Director.
In September 2016, the collector Jeffrey Gundlach retained AAP to advise, structure and realize a landmark donation to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery that would become the largest private gift in the museum’s history. The aim was to jump-start the institution’s $80m capital campaign with an ambitious matching scheme. In what may be the fastest capital campaign in US museum history, this innovative approach raised more than $100m in less than three months—a rate of more than $1m a day. The funds will allow the museum to realize an expansion, display more of its collection, and increase its visitors and engagement with the Buffalo community and tourists in the region.
The Warehouse is a project initiated by Howard Rachofsky and the late Vernon Faulconer to make their collections available to curators, scholars, critics and students, and to open new dialogues about modern and contemporary art. The Warehouse presents carefully considered, original exhibitions of works from the collection, some of which were acquired jointly with the Dallas Museum of Art. We have worked on an ongoing basis with three Dallas collections that are promised to the Dallas Museum of Art, all of which are complimentary to each other and additive to the museum.
In the spring of 2016, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab retained AAP to advise them on acquiring artwork for their new state-of-the-art facility focused on research into and treatment of physical rehabilitation. Focusing on the inspirational and healing capacity of art, the hospital engaged AAP to commission artists to make unique, site-specific projects and to source exceptional works to be installed throughout the facility.
In an ongoing project, we are working with one of the world’s most celebrated collectors of postwar art to identify a core grouping of more than 100 works to be gifted to one of New York’s most prominent museums. We have articulated the details of a study center within the museum for this material; we have negotiated with the museum to ensure frequency of public exposure for the collection and ways for it to be integrated into the fabric of the museum’s existing collection; we have worked with the family’s attorneys to restructure wills; we have worked on a sales strategy for some works from the collection to fund the the study center.
The firm has an ongoing relationship with a major contemporary art collector to formulate the concept for a major museum that will have a unique identity, reflecting the patron’s taste and personal commitment to culture.
One of our private clients is intent on building their collection in a way that aligns with their ultimate goal of making a significant gift to a major institution they are committed to.
We work with a private collector who was new to art when our consultancy began and, in the few short years since, has built with our guidance a collection of impressive scope, focus and refinement. Art collecting, and engagement in the art world, has become a singular passion for this collector, who is now involved with and committed to a number of important arts institutions.