SZ | Advisory is an international art consultancy firm. As a seminal pillar in our approach to supporting the arts, SZ | Advisory maintains and strongly believes that collecting is a form of philanthropy - supporting a community of artists, gallerists, and, subsequently, institutions. In cultivating an environment of trust and discretion, built on a genuine passion, we aim to provide impartial and informed advice in buying, selling, and collecting art. As collections develop, we provide support in archive management and upkeep. With a team whose backgrounds stem from diverse fields in the industry, we work to demystify and shed light onto all aspects of the art world. Pinpointing the best works in a market in which demand outstrips supply requires strategic knowledge and relationships. SZ | Advisory operates with the clients’ best interests first.
With degrees in Art History, Italian and Spanish from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Sharón's background in Renaissance Art History provides for a solid art historical foundation. Her background serves as a launching point and crosses over into her strategies in understanding Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary Art. She sets herself apart by delving deep into research, providing clients with thorough insight in process, inspiration and technique, as well as contextually placing works within the arc of art history.
Sharón solidified her knowledge in visual art while living abroad in Europe, the Middle East and Central America. With her keen understanding of the international art landscape and the scope of her regular travels, she maintains rapports with artists, dealers, and auction houses, to remain current with market trends.
Over the course of the last decade, Sharón has had experience working for the Hammer Museum and Christie's Auction House in Los Angeles, among other art-focused organizations locally and abroad. For years, she has served as the West Coast Associates Chair of the American Friends of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem as well as the Curator's Council Co-Chair of LAXART.
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Julia Thompson is a Canadian artist based in Los Angeles. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York City. With her direct involvement in the art-making process, from physically installing shows and editing artist statements, she has established deep relationships with fellow artists and has cultivated real interest in the various kinds of practices artists develop. Her own sculptures and installation work often investigate and explore the usage of unconventional materials, such as candy, concrete, soap and resin.
Julia has extensive experience in marketing and editorial content with Paddle8, The New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation, Marlborough Contemporary Gallery, Artbook and The Sheila C. Design Center. She recently completed a residency program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.