Schwartz • Wajahat is a partnership between Elizabeth Schwartz LLC and Waqas Wajahat LLC.

 

ELIZABETH SCHWARTZ  began as a specialist in European Art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries at Achim Moeller Fine Art.  From 1999 - 2005 she was director of Deitch Projects where she worked closely with emerging and mid-career artists such as Ghada Amer, Kristin Baker, Michael Bevilacqua, Chris Johanson, Brad Kahlhamer, Ryan McGinness, and Shahzia Sikander.  In addition, Elizabeth recommended acquisitions for a major corporate art collection,  managed and catalogued their archive and oversaw all installations. As director of Bortolami Dayan from 2005 - 2008, Elizabeth worked with collectors, advisors and museums on acquisitions. Artists at Bortolami Dayan included Hope Atherton, Daniel Buren, Michel François, Jonathan Meese and Gary Webb. Following her departure from Bortolami, Elizabeth Schwartz has been working independently on collection management projects and specializing in Post-War & Contemporary Art.

Elizabeth Schwartz has a graduate degree in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. She has been visiting critic at International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) and School of Visual Arts (SVA).


WAQAS WAJAHAT specializes in long-term strategic planning with artists and artists' estates. Trained first as a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and then as an art dealer for over twenty years, he mainly focuses on legacy projects and the placement of works by artists and their estates including Milton Avery, Herbert Ferber, Neil Jenney, Richard Pousette-Dart, James Prosek, Sean Scully, Donald Sultan and William Turnbull. Recognizing the changing requirements of artistsí legacies and the ambitions of their foundations, he was pivotal in initiating, developing, and sustaining the relationship between the Estate of David Smith and Hauser & Wirth as well as the Milton Avery Trust and Victoria Miro.

After establishing several prominent private and public art collections, Waqas continues to organize, produce, and support exhibitions at various public institutions including The Menil Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Royal Academy in London.

Waqas is committed to supporting non-profit art institutions, in particular The Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. He is a trustee at The Drawing Center in New York and serves on advisory committees at the Lowe Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His personal focus in collecting remains within post-war and contemporary art along with a strong commitment to 17th and 18th century Indian and Mughal painting.

 

 

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