The role of the art advisor has exploded in recent years. The expertise and help they provide have become essential to art lovers and art collectors, whom nowadays are too busy to do the adequate work and research. Celebrity art collectors also need an “art wing(wo)man” considering their hectic lifestyles from filming in tropical and exotic places and musicians going on tour… when can one find the time? Consequently, they also require trusted and (very) private art advisors to help build their collection to their acquired taste. But who are they?
Let us introduce to you 6 power art advisors, celebrities and movie stars have on speed dial.
1. Maria Brito
Maria Brito is one of the leading and most popular art advisors requested by major celebrities with the likes of American rapper and singer Diddy (aka Sean Combs) and Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Brito is also an award winning interior designer and was selected by Complex magazine as one of the top 20 Power Players in the Art World.
2. Lisa Schiff
This New York-based art advisor is President of Schiff Fine Art and advises the one and only Leonardo DiCaprio. Jealous, right? In July this year, Schiff curated the actor and environmentalist’s Foundation annual St. Tropez gala, which gathered a flock of Hollywood celebs and It-people from the art world.
3. Barbara Guggenheim
Barbara Guggenheim is a celebrated art consultant. She is a partner in the art consultancy firm Guggenheim Asher Associates, with branches in New York and Los Angeles. Guggenheim helps shapes the art collection of world-renowned Hollywood people such as film mastermind Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, and Tobey Maguire.
4. Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn
Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn probably possesses the best client: Jay Z and Pop queen Beyoncé! The Salon 94 founder, was also behind the production of Jay Z’s video “Picasso Baby” with performance artist Marina Abramović, which took place at Pace Gallery in New York.
Believe it or not, Xin Li was a former basketball player and model in China, before selling masterpieces to Asian billionaires as Deputy Chairman at Christie’s Asia. The successful art advisor confesses to have a nomadic life, travelling from city to city, escorting billionaire art collectors to fairs. Her roster of clients include restaurateur Zhang Lan and luxury goods magnate, François Pinault.
6. Kim Heirston
Heirston is rather famous in wealthy circles as a top tier art advisor and as a socialite. The private art advisor and founder of Kim Heirston Art Advisory LLC specialises in the development of postwar and contemporary art collections including leading fashion designer Kate Spade’s collection. Heirston even curated one of the sets of popular TV series Sex And The City, appearing in one episode as herself!
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