Based in Los Angeles, Annie Wharton Art Consulting is an agency that advises corporate and private clients in the acquisition of contemporary art, with a focus on LA-based artists.
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 endeavors include:
• Art in America
• Art News (US)
• Art Review (UK)
• Flash Art (Italy)
• Frieze (UK)
• LA Weekly
• Los Angeles Times
• Miami Herald
• Nordstjernan (Sweden)
• Ocean Drive
• Saatchi Online’s “Best Exhibitions in LA” (UK)
• The New York Times
• X-tra Magazine
WHAT IS AWAC?
Annie Wharton and her team specialize in acquisitions, art advisement, and curatorial services for individual and corporate clients. Each project is handled using an impeccable attention to detail and with ultimate discretion.
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 private collectors, a small selection of the corporate clients who have purchased works from Wharton include Creative Artist Agency, Fox Rothschild LLP, KNA Design, Kneedler-Fauchere, Millennium Partners, Sagamore Art Hotel, and Surfcomber Hotel. Branching out into public art, she served as project manager and advisor for a public art installation in the technologically-advanced San Jose Airport (SJO), liaising between fabricators, designers, technicians, and city officials and staff to facilitate the project from idea through fruition.
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, we are interested in furthering a new and refreshing aesthetic dialogue with collectors.
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.
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.
WHO IS ANNIE WHARTON?
Annie Wharton created an international presence initially as an artist who exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, and then via her ownership of two contemporary art galleries. She has conducted over 4,000 studio visits globally, and has curated hundreds of art events and exhibitions in museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. As part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945—1980 initiative, she curated an exhibition of targetvideo77's original music videos (including Black Flag, The Cramps, Dead Kennedys, Flipper, Gun Club, and The Mutants) and posters by Raymond Pettibon. 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 worked closely with hundreds of artists, including Skip Arnold, Timo Fahler, Kate Gilmore, Ann Hamilton, Dawn Kasper, Annie Leibovitz, Marilyn Minter, Shana Moulton, Davida Nemeroff, Yvonne Rainer, Pipilotti Rist, Mick Rock, Rona Yefman, and Bruce Yonemoto. In addition to the exhibitions 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.