Based in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz, Annie Wharton Art Consulting is an agency that advises corporate and private clients in the acquisition of contemporary art. Wharton specializes in living artists from Los Angeles, but also works with artists, estates, and clients from around the world.
WHO DOES AWAC INFLUENCE?
Annie Wharton has garnered many international reviews and feature articles in a variety of publications for exhibitions and projects she has been involved with. AWAC will continue to seek global visibility for its projects and artists. Some of the publications who have written about Annie Wharton and her shows and projects include:
• ArtForum (US)
• Art in America (US)
• Art News (US)
• Art Review (UK)
• Artslant (US)
• Flash Art (Italy)
• Frieze (UK)
• LA Weekly
• Los Angeles Times
• Miami Herald
• Nordstjernan (Sweden)
• Ocean Drive (US)
• Saatchi Online’s “Best Exhibitions in LA” (UK)
• The New York Times
• X-tra Magazine (US)
WHAT IS AWAC?
Annie Wharton and her team specialize in project management, art advisement, curatorial and acquisition services for individual and corporate clients, galleries, and museums. Each project is handled using an impeccable attention to detail and with ultimate discretion. From selection to installation, AWAC assists clients in making educated decisions based on their personal collecting needs, tastes, investment strategies, and budgets.
In addition to assisting both established and emerging collectors and corporate clients with the acquisition of works for their collections, AWAC champions the work of the artists with whom they work to museums and institutions. Wharton has sold artists’ works to The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, MOCA in Los Angeles, Fundación/Colleción Jumex in Mexico City, 21 C. Museum in Louisville, and Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Nice (France). As well as an impressive list of internationally based private collectors, a small selection of the corporate clients that have purchased works from Wharton include Creative Artist Agency (LA), Fox Rothschild LLP (LA), Millennium Partners (Miami), Sagamore Art Hotel (Miami), and Surfcomber Hotel (Miami). Branching out into public art, she served as project manager and advisor for a public art installation in the technologically-advanced San Jose Airport, liaising between fabricators, designers, technicians, and city officials and staff to facilitate the project from idea through fruition.
WHAT DOES AWAC KNOW?
Annie Wharton and her team have conducted over 3,500 studio visits globally, as well as having attended thousands of art events which include international art fairs, art auctions, and exhibitions in museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. Wharton has the acumen to navigate the contemporary art world via a well-informed comprehension of its language (one that is initially daunting to many), where relative values of art are confounded by its unregulated market. Wharton educates her collectors about market values and investment practices in contemporary art, historical precedents for the kind of works they are seeking to acquire, how each work of art being considered can either detract from or benefit existing works in their collection, and the theoretical and logistical frameworks for building an important and viable collection.
HOW CAN AWAC HELP YOU?
AWAC has a built comprehensive database of thousands of works by hundreds of contemporary artists working in ceramics, drawing, glass, installation, painting, photography, prints, sculpture, and video art. Ranging in scope from abstraction to hyper-real and conceptual to hard-edge and utilizing a wide variety of media, AWAC is interested in furthering a new and refreshing aesthetic dialogue with collectors.
Annie Wharton has garnered a favorable international reputation via her ownership of two contemporary art galleries (The Company in Chinatown and Annie Wharton Los Angeles in West Hollywood) and has worked on a variety of independent curatorial projects worldwide. Coming from a background as an internationally-exhibiting fine artist with a flair for writing and art history, Wharton possesses a shrewd and scholarly eye for discovering emerging talent, and a cultured sensibility with regard to curatorial practice. She draws upon her multi-faceted experiences as artist, critic, curator, advisor, project manager, and gallerist to individually tailor her approach to each client’s particular need. A team player, Annie Wharton knows how to swiftly negotiate art business transactions, and contributes to all projects on which she works with the dedicated professionalism, well-informed aesthetic, and sense of humor required to satisfy the most discerning client.
Born in Tallahassee, Florida, Wharton received a BFA degree (magna cum laude) in Sculpture and Art History from University of Miami in 1998. After working for 10 years as an artist, art critic, and independent curator, she started galleries in Los Angeles (The Company in Chinatown and Annie Wharton Los Angeles in West Hollywood), and represented emerging and mid-career contemporary video and installation artists, painters, sculptors, and photographers from the U.S. and Europe. Wharton has written art criticism for Flash Art, OC Weekly, The Magazine, HOME, and Artlurker (where she also served as West Coast editor and video art critic). She has also curated offsite exhibitions and video screenings with hundreds of artists, including Skip Arnold, Kate Gilmore, Ann Hamilton, Dawn Kasper, Annie Liebowitz, Marilyn Minter, Shana Moulton, Davida Nemeroff, Yvonne Rainer, Pipilotti Rist, and Bruce Yonemoto. In addition to the gallery shows and video screenings she has organized internationally, she advises a number of clients about the contemporary art market and bids at auction for private collectors.