Today we’d like to introduce you to John Wolf.
I got started out of a passion for art. The emotion and world that enveloped me when inundated with creativity. Out of that, I found a need to guide collectors into smart acquisitions and to bring talented artists to the market.
John Wolf is a global art advisor based in Los Angeles. He founded John Wolf Art Advisory & Brokerage in 2009 to assist private collectors, institutions, and corporations in creating outstanding collections of contemporary art. He specializes in taking the extra time to demystify and educate clients about all aspects of the art market. He has spoken on panels at Art Miami, Art Silicon Valley, and is on the council at LACMA. He received his BBA in International Business and Art History from Baylor University.
Outside of traditional art advisory and brokerage, John Wolf also curates museum-quality exhibitions at various host locations, including contemporary art galleries, vacant storefronts, and hotel lobbies. Nomadic in nature, the curatorial efforts of John Wolf Art Advisory reflect a larger effort to reinvigorate the art market by offering refreshing perspectives for the contextualization of these works. Wolf strives to build relationships with museums, galleries, artists and fellow advisors to provide the best to recommendations for strategic, curatorial-based acquisitions.
Wolf has staged exhibitions with a diverse roster of contemporary artists, including Nina Chanel Abney, Katherine Bernhardt, Larry Clark, George Condo, Marlene Dumas, Nicole Eisenman, Sam Gilliam Jenny Holzer, Kelly Lamb, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tony Matelli, Marilyn Minter, Nicolas Party, Yves Scherer, and Jonas Wood, among others Past projects include exhibitions at 4619 in Los Angeles and SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York, with forthcoming venues including the Shangri-La Hotel as part of Frieze London and the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles.
Has it been a smooth road?
Huge hurdles as far as the barriers to entry in the secondary market and identity were a challenge. Gaining relevancy and clientele was a huge hurdle. I used my creativity through exhibitions to attract the clout in the art world and clients.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
What sets me apart is my vision to collaborate with all. I partner with galleries, other advisors, corporations, curators to create a dialogue in the art world that advances the cultural conversation. I’ve also begun to manage artists to give them a leg up in gaining career trajectory.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
LA has something for everything! There is a neighborhood for all. I love Hollywood. I love that we are entertainment capital of the world, this is especially relevant to the burgeoning art market as artists continue to influence Hollywood’s vision.
My least favorite part of the city is its youth, which lends itself to a wild west mentality of development that has left us without a lot of parks and greenspace.
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Kelly Osterholt, BFA