Founder of Art Agency, Partners. Former Chairman of Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Development. A key figure in establishing Art Basel in Miami Beach.
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Amy Cappellazzo is a Founder and Principal of Art Agency, Partners. A global firm based in New York, Art Agency, Partners was founded by Cappellazzo and Allan Schwartzman, to fill a significant need in the art market for a client-oriented combination of deep industry knowledge, financial sophistication and discretion. In this new endeavor, she provides a comprehensive range of services for clients who seek to form, develop, invest in, and manage major art collections and, on a selective basis, provides strategic counsel to artists, aimed at fulfilling their career goals.
Cappellazzo previously served as a market leader in the field of contemporary art during a tenure of thirteen years at Christie's, where she rose to the post of Chairman of Post-War & Contemporary Development.
While at Christie's, Cappellazzo was a steward for the sale of some of the most important collections of our time, and she continues to act as a fiduciary for numerous families, foundations and trusts. Additionally, she served as a pioneer in private sales at Christie's as well as in online auctions, the latter through a partnership she fostered with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. During a period when the contemporary art market exploded from what was largely a European and American epicenter to a fully global stage, Cappellazzo directed groundbreaking initiatives at Christie's that led to record results, with upward of $650 million realized in a single evening sale.
Prior to tenure at Christie's, Cappellazzo was an art advisor, a curator and a key figure in the establishment of Art Basel in Miami Beach.
Cappellazzo received her B.A. in Fine Arts/Art History from New York University, where she was a Presidential Trustee Scholar. She holds a master's degree in Urban Design from the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, where she focused on the role of public art in shaping cities. She is a noted Bloomberg expert, speaking internationally on the global art market, and has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York University, The Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, UCLA, Stanford University and the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the board of the New York State Council on the Arts.