We had the good fortune of connecting with Wendy Posner and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Wendy, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The success of Posner Fine Art is a product of our relationships; our business was founded in 1960 and that sense of loyalty and partnership has remained consistent throughout. We pride ourselves on our integrity and made a decision early on to work with artists, vendors and colleagues who are similarly honorable in business. The same goes for our clients; almost the entirety of our business is a product of networking and word of mouth and we have fostered client relationships that are built on transparency, honesty and trust. Further, we have always made an effort to diversify— we work between the worlds of private, corporate and commercial art services and as such have mitigated the risks imposed on those in our field who are less nimble. During the financial downturn in 2009 we took the time to regroup, rebrand and refocus our efforts. Gratefully, during the COVID-19 pandemic we have been able to pivot successfully, focusing on hospitality, private clients and outdoor art.

Corporate project featuring artwork by David Hockney © Luke Gibson Photography
Corporate project featuring artwork by Charles Arnoldi © Luke Gibson Photography
Corporate project featuring artwork by Nicole Landau © Nicole Landau Photography

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Having been founded in 1960, Posner Fine Art has stood the test of time. We’ve been able to weather changes in our industry, political and market shifts, as well as institutional changes in the way art is consumed and understood. What has always set us apart has been our willingness to adapt and change. We’ve held physical spaces in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, set up headquarters in Paris and Thailand and in the 90’s established our private advisory here in LA. It wasn’t always easy, but by continuing to network, adapt and learn from our peers in the art business and elsewhere we have stayed relevant throughout.

Residential project featuring artwork by Nicole Landau © Caren Alpert Photography
Residential project featuring artwork by Curtis Ripley © Caren Alpert Photography

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love my city and I know quite a few friends who live elsewhere and could use a week here in LA! Were it not for Covid, I would first accompany them to the Getty for the amazing view, architecture and collection. The Art’s District has changed dramatically since Hauser and Wirth opened their LA outpost and I don’t feel a visit to LA would be complete without stopping by for a perusal and lunch at Manuela. A late night stop at a taco truck is also mandatory.

Exhibition at Graye Los Angeles featuring artwork by Ali Silverstein @alisilvertsteinstudio © Posner Fine Art
Residential project featuring artwork by David Hockney, Andy Warhol and others © Luke Gibson Photography

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to shout out my mother and Posner Fine Art founder Judith Posner. It was because of her that I was exposed the art business as a young child, when visits to our home by such esteemed artists as Robert Indiana were quite common. She was a pioneer in the fine art and poster publishing industries and, during her time, built one of the largest galleries in the midwest from the ground-up. Further, my mother was a born adventurer and world-traveler, instilling us a travel bug at a young age with trips to Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and elsewhere.

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Image Credits
© Caren Alpert Photography © Luke Gibson © Nicole Landau

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