Richard Ekstract has been collecting contemporary art for over 40 years. “The best way to understand contemporary art is to look,” says the noted collector who served as a board member of New Museum of Contemporary Art for 17 years. “Much of my collecting was influenced by New Museum founder, Marcia Tucker.” He adds, “I wish I could keep all the art I own, but art needs to be seen, not stored.” Early works he bought have recently soared at auction and private sales.
Jill Gerstenblatt has been collecting art since 1995. Over the years her tastes have evolved from prints to unique works, from a focus on collecting primarily photography to now collecting painting and light boxes as well. Jill holds a MA in Post War and Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute in London and a BA from The University of Michigan in Art History. She ran Gallery 10g out of her 2 bedroom apt from 2005-2009 where she represented emerging artists right out of grad school. Her goal was to help young professionals build their art collections. Now she is an art advisor and helps individuals decorate their homes and offices with contemporary art. Check out her Instagram account for daily posts that feature important artists and young artists to watch. @jgartadvisory
Lillian Heidenberg is one of the leading independent art dealers in New York. She is an important figure in the art world whose special vision helps integrate cutting edge contemporary art as well as modern masterpieces into any background. As a member of the prestigious Art Dealers’ Association of America, she is also a world renowned expert on Henry Moore and Lynn Chadwick among other international artists. She has advised and consulted with many important private collectors, museums and institutions around the world. Several years ago, her gallery moved from its 57th street location to a private space designed to showcase art within the intimate context of an art deco inspired residence. Lillian works with some of the most important Asian contemporary artists.
Kathryn Markel opened her art gallery, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, in 1975. As a dealer Kathryn has spent her career trying to make art accessible to the regular person, trying to explain why a painter paints what she does, trying to sell art that is reasonably priced, and trying to present art as a joy rather than an obscure, intellectual language that speaks only to an elite.
Douglas F. Maxwell
Douglas F. Maxwell is a contemporary art advisor, consultant, and professor (NYU). He has spent decades navigating the world of galleries, museums, international art fairs, and exhibitions. His blog max-art.tumblr.com shares his personal insights to the contemporary art scene.
Once Stanley Singer began collecting contemporary art, it didn’t take long for him to jump to the front ranks. Singer collects in depth and has an impeccable list of artists in his very impressive personal collection.
Sue Stoffel brings 25 years of professional art experience and market expertise to the contemporary art world. She has been involved with a broad range of visual arts institutions in a variety of roles: patron, trustee, event planner, fund raiser, docent, educator and board development consultant. Sue holds and MA in Arts Management from Columbia University and was curator of a corporate collection focused on photography from 2005-2008. Since 2005, Stoffel has been working with collectors worldwide in acquisition, sales and collections.
Jane Wesman and her husband, attorney Donald Savelson, are deeply engaged in the world of contemporary art. Both are supporters of young artists and non-profit art institutions. Don sits on the board of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Jane provides pro-bono marketing advice to various art-related organizations. Jane likes to say, “Art is about everything. It opens up new ways of thinking about the human condition and what is meaningful in life.” Don wholeheartedly agrees!
Ben Whine has been working in the arts and museum field for more than 20 years. Presently a vice president of a major auction house, he has served as development director for the Sculpture Center, a contemporary art museum in Long Island City. Before that, he worked at the New Museum, the Guggenheim and the Tate in his native London. His private collection consists mostly of limited editions and personal gifts from noted artists who he has met in his professional capacity.