Art collecting can be complex—
Our approach is simple and clear.
We guide individuals, institutions and corporations, both public and private, to make informed decisions based upon their art collecting tastes and needs.
Our longstanding relationships with museums, gallery owners, prominent collectors, art fair and curatorial professionals, and artists in the contemporary art world yield high-level opportunities for our clients.
From selection to installation, we guide our clients through establishing major collections to acquiring that one special, singular art treasure.
Our clients are diverse—ranging from Fortune 10 corporations to small companies to public art spaces to private collectors—both in the United States and abroad.
Lea Weingarten began the Weingarten Art Group (formerly Contemporary Connoisseur) in 2006, after more than fifteen years experience of working with public and private art collections in achieving their collecting goals. Ms. Weingarten co-founded The Menil Collection’s popular Contemporaries collecting group at the personal request of Mme. Dominique de Menil. She serves on the boards of the Glassell School Core Committee, the Prints and Drawings Acquisitions Committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Menil Society Steering Committee for The Menil Collection. She has also served multiple terms on the board of the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston. Lea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Piper Faust specializes in managing permanent and temporary public art projects for both public and private clients from initial planning stages through installation completion. Piper earned her Master’s in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute in London, where she traveled Europe while researching her dissertation on community activation in public art practices. Prior to that, Piper received her Bachelor of Arts in International Communications from Texas Christian University. She has held positions at Eric Kuhne & Associates architectural firm in London, the Rothko Chapel, and most recently was the Civic Art and Design Project Manager at Houston Arts Alliance.
Melanie Harris de Maycotte specializes in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art. She holds degrees in Spanish Literature, Communications and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas—Austin. The Director of her own gallery in Mexico for eight years, Ms. Harris de Maycotte has great insight into the inside workings of the art market and into U.S. and Latin American emerging artists. Her hands-on experience with the art fair world and with international galleries, as well as her ability to identify early talent, is of particular usefulness for collectors. Ms. Harris de Maycotte also approaches art advising from a Fine Arts perspective—through the fundamentals of construction, composition, concept, color, and quality of line. An active arts writer, her essays have been published in artist catalogues and arts journals. Expertise in cultural and artistic trends in Latin America, in particular Mexico, are hallmarks of Ms. Harris de Maycotte’s ongoing practice.
Katie Patterson has spent most of her life traveling. In doing so has been able to experience art through a variety of cultures. Native to Canada she has lived in Mexico, Colombia, Spain, and now resides in Houston. She has a degree in Art History from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada and a Spanish Language degree from Universidad la Rioja, Spain. Her experience has been working in Art Galleries with focus on Canadian art, to working with the Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas.
We are your eyes
and ears in the art world.
With global connections and decades of experience, we are trusted advisors who offer clear guidance by listening to our clients, understanding their goals, enhancing their aesthetics and minding their budgets.
Weingarten Art Group’s clients are typically savvy but “time poor.” They need to know their special needs are being met, and we fulfill those needs in abundance. We are able to offer clear, impartial, objective guidance because we do not maintain an inventory of art and are not beholden to any specific artists or galleries.
Lighting, Framing and Installation
Our office works with many of the finest art handlers and support firms in the industry to properly light, present and install our clients’ treasures. It is these finishing touches that help to maximize our clients’ collections. We have installed collections all over the Unites States, in the UK and in Europe.
Collection Planning, Art Selection and Acquisitions
Innovative solutions to meet a client’s needs is an area of expertise for Lea Weingarten and is a hallmark of her practice. She has been called upon by public institutions, private companies, corporations and numerous individuals to bring a new image, to implement a fresh vision and to engage the public in the collecting experience.
Weingarten Art Group has managed art collections ranging from a handful of treasures to 7,000+ artworks. Our services encompass inventory assessment, acquisitions, cataloguing, labeling, de-accessions, collection reporting and, when requested, day-to-day requests. We employ one of the most trusted museum management software databases to manage our clients’ art collections. We believe that successful art collection will reflect and communicate the aesthetic, set of interests, image and the originality of the collector.
Lea Weingarten has extensive experience in working with all levels of management, particularly at the Executive level, and has budget management experience of up to $30 million. These skills, in addition to two decades of art industry experience, combine to bring maximum value to our corporate clients. Whether it is the creation of environments to reflect a corporate vision and enhance the workplace, the customization of art presentations for senior management, the management of day-to-day requirements of a corporate art collection, or the management a budget, Weingarten Art Group has the skills, presence, professionalism and reach to meet your corporate art needs.
Education & Travel
Weingarten Art Group regularly incorporates gallery outings, studio visits with artists, art fair access and travel, fine art library additions, and academic briefings into our program. It is our earnest desire that our clients learn as much as they would like about what they collect.
We are somewhat of an anomaly in the art world in that Lea Weingarten has an MBA (Northwestern University) and extensive business experience, skills which enable us to analyze our clients’ collections from an investment and analytical perspective—always with an eye toward budget limitations and long-range value. We excel at and have a track record in building collections that have a investment component.
Art/Interior Design Partnership
Weingarten Art Group collaborates regularly on interior design and architectural projects to help complete the aesthetic feel of the space. We welcome projects of any size and strive to both simplify and clarify art collecting for our clients.
In the Public Eye
Weingarten Art Group’s most recent Public Art venture is the Art in the Park Project, in collaboration with the Hermann Park Conservancy.
About Art in the Park
To celebrate Hermann Park’s 100th anniversary in 2014, Hermann Park Conservancy launched the Centennial Art Project, known as Art in the Park. Art in the Park is a series of contemporary art installations to be displayed over the Park’s 445-acres throughout the calendar year 2014 and beyond. One of several high profile initiatives to commemorate Hermann Park, Art in the Park will present a diverse array of public art experiences to the 6 million-plus people who visit the Park annually.
Hermann Park Centennial
Trenton Doyle Hancock
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The Weingarten Art Group
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Houston, Texas 77098
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