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Wendy Cromwell

Founder & Art Advisor

Cromwell Art LLC

New York, NY, USA

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Wendy’s Biography

Wendy Cromwell is a Contemporary art expert and a leading media spokesperson. For 20 years, Wendy has built private art collections of lasting value for high-net-worth individuals. Wendy is a consistent market maker who has identified some of the most important Contemporary artists ahead of the curve, creating significant holdings for her clients, while introducing them to the joy of collecting art. Wendy has also placed significant works of art in the permanent collections of major US museums, including the Menil Collection in Houston and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Wendy founded her advisory firm after a decade as Vice President of Contemporary art auctions at Sotheby’s, which she joined after receiving her Master’s in Modern Art from the Institute of Fine Arts. Her knowledge of art history combined with her art market expertise and longevity in the field make Wendy uniquely qualified to advise collectors.

Wendy’s clients include both individuals and multi-generational families, who she represents as a trusted fiduciary, placing her clients interests first in a competitive...
Wendy Cromwell is a Contemporary art expert and a leading media spokesperson. For 20 years, Wendy has built private art collections of lasting value for high-net-worth individuals. Wendy is a consistent market maker who has identified some of the most important Contemporary artists ahead of the curve, creating significant holdings for her clients, while introducing them to the joy of collecting art. Wendy has also placed significant works of art in the permanent collections of major US museums, including the Menil Collection in Houston and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Wendy founded her advisory firm after a decade as Vice President of Contemporary art auctions at Sotheby’s, which she joined after receiving her Master’s in Modern Art from the Institute of Fine Arts. Her knowledge of art history combined with her art market expertise and longevity in the field make Wendy uniquely qualified to advise collectors.

Wendy’s clients include both individuals and multi-generational families, who she represents as a trusted fiduciary, placing her clients interests first in a competitive marketplace. Wendy is an advocate for ethics in the art advisory field. She is a past President and current board member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors. She is also a USPAP-certified member of the Appraisers Association of America.

Wendy is a founding member of the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee, and former board member of AFIM, a global non-profit dedicated to aiding the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Wendy serves on the Board of the Sugar Hill Museum of Art & Storytelling, which hosts an artist’s residency and provides an underserved community with access to art. Wendy is also a board member of the Smith College Museum of Art, where she founded the Contemporary Associates that fund art acquisitions.

Wendy is a graduate of Smith College where she majored in Art History. She earned her MA in Modern Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.
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Wendy’s Newsfeed

Artnet News
Sotheby’s Notched a Solid $408.5 Million Modern Art New York Sale Fueled by the Reliable Churn of...

Wendy Cromwell is quoted in this article discussing Sotheby's evening sale in New York City.

New York Times
Basquiat Tops Phillips Contemporary Sale for $85 Million

Wendy Cromwell discusses her perspective on the purchasing trends of up and coming art collectors, as well as her early experiences collecting art.

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Wendy’s Background

Cromwell Art LLC
Founder & Art Advisor
Jan 2002 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Founded in 2002, Cromwell Art is a leading art advisory firm that helps both new and experienced collectors construct lasting modern and contemporary art collections.
Sotheby's
Vice President – Contemporary Art
1995 - 2001
New York, NY, USA
Sotheby's has been the world's largest, most reputable and most dynamic marketplace for art since 1744. It enables a global community of collectors and connoisseurs to find, buy, sell, and exchange fine art and rare items.

Wendy’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Association of Professional Art Advisors
Chair of Membership & Executive Member
New York, NY, USA
Established in 1980, The Association of Professional Art Consultants is a non-profit membership association comprised of some of the world's most renowned private and corporate art curators and art advisors.
Appraisers Association of America
Member
New York, NY, USA
Founded in 1949, the Appraisers Association of America is the leading national organization of appraisers specializing in fine and decorative arts. Appraisers give accurate, unbiased and truthful information based on careful valuation methodology.

Previous Board Positions

American Friends of the Israel Museum
Board of Directors
New York, NY, USA
Wendy served as a Board Member of the American Friends of the Israel Museum. AFIM is a non-profit organization committed to assisting the Jerusalem-based Israel Museum.

Philanthropy

Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee
Founding Member
New York, NY, USA
Wendy is a Founding Member of the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee of the American Friends of the Israel Museum.
Smith College Museum of Art
Member
New York, NY, USA
Smith College Museum of Art is a prominent art museum which features collections of 19th and 20th century American and European art. Wendy is a member of the Visiting Committee and a founder of the Contemporary Associates.
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Media

Cromwell Art LLC Press
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Click on the Cromwell Art LLC logo to view its press page, featuring a number of articles in which Wendy discusses a wide range of art topics.
Artnet News
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Wendy is featured in numerous articles on Artnet News sharing her art insights. Artnet News is the first 24-hour multinational art industry newswire in the world. Their goal is to keep people informed, engaged, and connected to the art world on a daily basis.
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Interviews

Wendy Cromwell - What Happens Next
Dec 2021
Miami, FL, USA
In this podcast, Wendy delves into a number of topics, including the changed art landscape due to Covid-19 and Art Basel.
Artnet Talks: Why New York City Collectors Rule the Art Market - Now and Post Pandemic
Dec 2020
In an interview with Artnet Talks, Wendy shares her experiences as an Art Advisor in New York, how she educates her clients on collecting art, and more.
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Features

Five Years Ago, Dominique Fung Was Painting in a Basement Below a Toronto Nail Salon. Now, She’s the Toast of the Art World
Quoted
Aug 2021
In an article discussing the work of Dominique Fung, Wendy shares why she finds the artist so fascinating.
How Collectors Navigate a Changed Art World
Quoted
Oct 2020
Wendy gives insight on how she manages to flourish, support struggling artists and embrace digital platforms in the changing art world during uncertain times.

Publications

Cromwell Art Snack
Newsletter
To learn more about the world of contemporary art, subscribe to Wendy's informative newsletter – Cromwell Art Snack – or read previous installments at Substack.
Lights, Camera, Los Angeles
May 2022
In this installment of Cromwell Art Snack, Wendy discusses the rise of the art market in Los Angeles, citing prominent artists in both New York and LA that has led to the shift in artistic output.

Speaking Engagements

Creative Leadership: Art-Making, Activism, and Philanthropy
Panelist
Aug 2021
Wendy Cromwell, Coley Cassidy and Paula Crown examine how philanthropy and the value of making a difference through investing or charitable activities may be linked to art collecting and engagement.
Artnet Talks: Why New York City Collectors Rule the Art Market—Now and Post-Pandemic
Featured Speaker
Nov 2020
Wendy joins other leading business leaders and art collectors in a discussion concerning the ways that the pandemic has impacted the global art market and New York City in particular, and how they expect the city will "bounce back" from lockdown.
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Wendy’s Education

NYU Institute of Fine Arts
MA | Modern Art
1990 - 1993
Smith College
BA | Art History, Criticism & Conservation
1982 - 1986