THEA WESTREICH ART ADVISORY SERVICES
We focus our energies and unsurpassed access in the most productive and meaningful ways possible. In serving the collector, our first and paramount job is to gain a full understanding of those objectives, including the client’s area of interest, aesthetic taste, and budget requirements. This way, each collection we help build speaks solely with the voice of the collector.
As private advisors we work solely in the service of our clients, providing neutral and objective advice uncompromised by anything but the collector’s specific and unique needs, desires and objectives.
Our clients are benefited by our longstanding, dependable relationships with a vast number of gallerists, dealers, auction house personnel and museum officials, and by our ability to expend time and effort attending exhibitions and selling venues around the world.
Through hard work, unmatched coverage of the international art world and keen eyes, we have an unparalleled record of identifying art movements and individual artists of importance… before they are deemed “hot” by the rest of the pack.
Josef Strau: The Jewels of Moctezuma
18:19 PM - 3 Feb 14
TWAAS presents, in partnership with House of Gaga (Mexico City), Josef Strau’s Jewels of Moctezuma. The jewelry and other works will be available for view and purchase at our office on 114 Greene Street. The exhibition will be open from December 12th to December 20th, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Fall Gallery Openings 2013
17:44 PM - 26 Sep 13
The summer hiatus allows many habitués of the art world to escape for vacation, and to absolve themselves of art world responsibilities. The endemic fear of ‘missing out’ is allayed for a few short weeks. This comes to an abrupt halt at the end of the Labor Day weekend in early September, which marks the beginning of the Fall art season. Experienced by many in the art world as a ‘back to school’ moment, friends and colleagues reconvene at innumerable openings, dinners and drinks to celebrate new exhibitions and get up to date on recent gossip. While the heavy schedule
16:47 PM - 1 Aug 13
Every two years, Norah and Norman Stone organize a new exhibition of artworks selected from their private collection to be shown in a specially designed ‘Art Cave’ on their Napa Valley property, Stonescape. In addition to the ‘Art Cave’, an exhibition space excavated into the side of a hill, the property includes a farmhouse from the 1880s, a vineyard, a grove of redwood trees and other art works such as a sound piece by Alex Waterman and a Log Cabin sculpture by Cady Noland. This year saw the fourth exhibition since the space was inaugurated in 2007. Curated by Thea and
Art Basel and London
18:31 PM - 21 Jun 13
One of the most striking changes in the art world over the last forty years has been the rise of the art fair. From humble beginnings with the first ‘Cologne Art Market’ in 1967, the situation today makes an accurate count almost impossible, with certainly more than 200 art fairs, and probably many more. Within this storm of increased competition, Art Basel has maintained its importance and is still regarded as the most important art fair in the world. A huge array of satellite events cater to the enormous influx of art lovers that descend on this modestly sized Swiss
Paris, Oslo, Venice Biennale
17:00 PM - 10 Jun 13
Travel has long been a valuable tool for the research undertaken by Art Advisory Services. To cover the European art scene, it is essential to meet with gallerists, curators and artists wherever they are based. With this in mind, Thea and Ethan spent time in Paris and Oslo before joining Suzanne and Ashley at the Venice Biennale. Paris is no longer the center of the art world, yet the high concentration of first class museums ensures its status as an important destination for art. At the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris there was a beautifully installed survey
Bergdorf Goodman Dinner
16:17 PM - 28 May 13
Bergdorf Goodman hosted a dinner celebrating Frieze New York, Dries Van Noten and the launch of Thea and Ethan’s book “Collecting Art for Love, Money and More” recently published by Phaidon. The event included a diverse group of people from the worlds of art and fashion and included many artists with whom Thea and Ethan have had longstanding friendships. Images courtesy Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com
Frieze New York and May Auctions
15:14 PM - 20 May 13
Frieze New York returned for its second appearance on Randall’s Island – a small strip of land in the middle of New York’s East River rarely visited even by the most intrepid natives. The giant white tent especially built for the fair provided an open and airy space resplendent with natural light. With over 180 galleries it was inevitable that the quality would vary, but solo and two person presentations stood out. Roe Ethridge and Pae White were exhibited together in a booth shared by Greengrassi and Andrew Kreps. Murray Guy showed a remarkable series of photographs by Zoe Leonard
Previewing Jeff Koons at David Zwirner and Gagosian
20:07 PM - 9 May 13
With the opening of Frieze Art Fair this week, Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services had the great opportunity to preview the upcoming Jeff Koons shows at David Zwirner Gallery and Gagosian Gallery. Thea, Ethan, Suzanne, and clients of the firm visited the shows during installation. The visit proved to be very informative, with new works and an in-depth conversation with the artist. It is an exciting new body of work that heightens the anticipation for the upcoming Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 2014.
Thea and Ethan in Conversation with Amy Capellazzo and Stefan Kalmar at 92Y Tribeca 4/24
21:35 PM - 23 Apr 13
Please join us tomorrow for a panel discussion between Thea, Ethan, Amy Capellazzo, and Stefan Kalmar. The event takes place tomorrow, April 24th at 6:30 PM at 92Y Tribeca. COLLECTING ART FOR LOVE, MONEY AND MORE Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner have been art advisors and collectors for more than two decades. Recently, they pledged to donate over 800 works from their own collection to the Whitney Museum and Pompidou Center. Joined by Amy Cappellazzo, Christie’s International co-head of postwar and contemporary art, and Stefan Kalmar, Artists Space executive director, Ethan and Thea discuss the complexities of the art
New Westreich Wagner publication featured in Mousse Magazine #38!
21:14 PM - 23 Apr 13
Text by Stefano Cernuschi for Mousse: Works of James Beckett with constant interjections by Frank Key. Westreich Wagner Publications, New York, 2013 There is one thing that makes this voluminous tome special. It’s easy to predict you may want it, because it look amazing; designed, printed and bound with great care. And of course you may want it because you like James Beckett. His work is all here, in lavish chapters, with a wealth of accompanying contributions. (The chapter format here is not a forced upon structure as often with art books. It actually works very well for Beckett’s art,
New York Gallery Visits
18:22 PM - 10 Apr 13
To those with the time, energy and desire to learn, museums are an invaluable resource for the savvy collector. Whether one’s focus is cutting edge contemporary art, modern masters, or anything in between, New York’s museums are a treasure trove of information and aesthetic seduction. In recent months one had the chance to see exhibitions of extremely high caliber – Yayoi Kusama, Richard Artschwager, Jay de Feo retrospectives and the Blues for Smoke group exhibition at the Whitney, the young British video artist Ed Atkins at PS1, a group show of photography at the Museum of Modern Art that included
Art Fairs and Recent Exhibitions
15:47 PM - 22 Mar 13
The Independent, Armory and ADAA Art fairs offer collectors, at least those with the time and stamina to view them all, a survey of one brief moment in time for contemporary art. Each fair specializes in a different area of the art market, with The Independent predominantly showing work by young and emerging artists, Armory being the largest with over 200 exhibitors and the ADAA having a smaller selection of exhibitors who often, though not always, show works available on the secondary market. These three fairs and the exhibitions that open during the busy week allow one to consider the