Rising star artist Anna Weyant opens up about her falling out with the dealer
27-year-old star painter is dating her 71-year-old electric dealer after falling out with a former agent who bought one of her paintings for $15,000, only to resell it a year later for $1.6 million dollars.
After selling her painting on the sidewalk for $400 just three years ago, Weyant has quickly become the toast of the art world, with several of her works fetching up to $1.6 million at auction, and their prices are expected to rise further.
Weyant also has the support of powerful supporters. She has been dating Gagosian, 71, for a year and last month signed a global representation deal with the famed dealer’s Gagosian Galleries following a bitter business rift with dealer Tim Blum of Blum & Poe .
“I’m just trying to protect her from the big bad wolves,” Gagosian told the Journal, insisting that when it comes to discussions about Weyant’s career, he treats her like any other artist in his field. gallery.
At the heart of Weyant’s split with her former dealer Blum appears to be her ‘Falling Woman’ painting, which she says she sold to him last year for $15,000 – just half of what her gallery charged collectors for d other works in his Spring 2021 exhibition.
As interest in his paintings soared, Blum then sent the painting up for auction at Sotheby’s, and at the end of last month it fetched $1.6 million, a record for Weyant’s work.
Blum broke no rules in doing so, although dealers generally do not send their own artist’s paintings up for auction. It is unclear if he was still representing Weyant when the work was sent to Tony’s auction house.
Rising star artist Anna Weyant has signed a deal with legendary dealer Larry Gagosian (with her left), who she is also dating, after a falling out with her former dealer Tim Blum (right)
At the heart of Weyant’s split with her former dealer Blum appears to be her “Falling Woman” painting, which she says she sold to him last year for $15,000 – just half of what her gallery charged collectors – and it sold at auction for $1.6 million last month
“Summertime,” Ms. Weyant’s portrait of a woman with long, flowing hair that the artist had sold for around $12,000 two years prior, resold for $1.5 million, five times its high estimate, during a ‘a Christie’s auction on May 9
Although Weyant declined to describe her falling out with Blum in detail, she told the Journal that she wasn’t happy with how things ended and sending ‘Falling Woman’ was the last straw. of water in his decision to switch to Gagosian.
Blum declined to comment for the Journal and could not be immediately reached by DailyMail.com.
Born in 1995 in Calgary, Canada, Weyant studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, which she says she attended because it was the closest school to New York that accepted her.
Far from having an artistic training, she is the daughter of a lawyer and a judge of the Provincial Court. But she quickly took up painting in college and even placed in the top three of a Canadian art competition the summer after her senior year.
After graduating in 2017, she spent six months painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, where she says the city’s sepia tones influenced her now-iconic muted palette.
Weyant got her big break when she moved to New York in 2018 and started helping established painter Cynthia Talmadge, who promoted her work on her. own Instagram account.
Larry Gagosian, Jeffey Deitch and Anna Weyant attend the ‘Maya Ruiz-Picasso, Fille de Pablo’ party at the Musée des Arts Forains on April 23, 2022 in Paris, France
Feted, 2020, is one of Weyant’s works. Born in 1995 in Calgary, Canada, Weyant studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design
Works by Weyant Cheerleaders (left) and Loose Screw (right) are seen above. Weyant got her big break when she moved to New York in 2018 and started helping established painter Cynthia Talmadge
Weyant is also known for her striking and prodigious still lifes. Above is Godzilla, 2022.
Talmadge introduced Weyant to his own dealer Ellie Rines, owner of New York gallery 56 Henry, who reminded the Journal, “I saw a lot of potential in her.”
Rines helped Weyant make some of his first sales in the summer of 2019, displaying his paintings on a sidewalk at a Hamptons art fair, selling a few for $400 apiece.
Group exhibitions followed, and then Weyant’s first solo exhibition at 56 Henry, entitled “Welcome To The Dollhouse”.
Gagosian Galleries recently described this series as “a sequence of dark cinematic vignettes depicting a dollhouse and the strange, cloistered lives of its inhabitants”. The show sold out, with each play costing between $2,000 and $12,000.
It was during this time that Gagosian first became aware of his work and purchased one of Weyant’s paintings, titled “Head”, which hangs in his home today.
As of spring 2021, Weyant was exclusively represented by Los Angeles gallery Blum & Poe, and some of her paintings were selling for nearly $50,000 each.
Gagosian, who visited her Spring 2021 show, invited the entertainer to dinner at her Beverly Hills mansion, recalling he was smitten when she asked if he had gin, which is one of his favorite drinks.
The couple were soon dating and vacationing together in exotic locations such as Paris and Saint-Tropez.
Despite her rise to fame, Weyant still lives and paints in this modest, 675-square-foot one-bedroom apartment on New York’s Upper West Side, where she has lived since arriving in the city.
Although Weyant is increasingly traveling in Gagosian jet-setting circles, she has tried to stay grounded and stick to her routines, working from her Upper West Side apartment.
Weyant’s still-living sideboard (2020) is seen above. She went from selling works on the sidewalk for $400 to having her paintings auctioned off in the secondary market for over $1 million.
But although Weyant is increasingly traveling in Gagosian jet-setting circles, she has tried to stay grounded and stick to her routines.
She still lives and paints in a modest 675 square foot one-bedroom apartment on New York’s Upper West Side, where she has resided since moving to the city.
Weyant, 27, has caused a stir in the art world
Despite her tension with Blum over the matter, it was Sotheby’s sale of “Falling Woman” last month that turned heads and put Weyant’s name on the lips of every collector.
First on the program of the prestigious evening show, “Falling Woman” exceeded all expectations, with the final offer being eight times higher than the high-end estimate.
Weyant’s relationship with Gagosian has also been the talk of the art world.
Prior to dating Weyant, Gagosian and his longtime girlfriend Chrissie Erpf, the gallery’s senior director, split in 2019, according to Page Six.
Gagosian also briefly dated Holly Bawden, his 35-year-old former personal assistant, later in 2019, the outlet reported.
Weyant’s allies are harshly speaking out against any speculation that her romance with the legendary gallerist has given her a leg up in the cutthroat art world.
“When somebody’s successful, people kind of forget they’re a human being,” Rines, Weyant’s first drug dealer with whom she remains close, previously said. daily beast.
“She’s a 27-year-old woman, and I think it’s really crazy that men, mostly middle-aged men, are spreading all these rumors about her.” I think it’s so pathetic.