WAQAS WAJAHAT built his practice with an emphasis on connoisseurship and philanthropy. For over twenty years, he has focused on collecting, curating exhibitions, advising museums, family foundations, and artists’ estates. He has assembled and built several legacy art collections, both public and private, by placing seminal works by artists, Ruth Asawa, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Barkley Hendricks, Neil Jenney, Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette-Dart, Mark Rothko, Sean Scully, David Smith, Donald Sultan, Mickalene Thomas, William Turnbull, and Kehinde Wiley.
Recognizing the ever-changing requirements of artists’ legacies and the ambitions of their estates and foundations, he has been pivotal in initiating, developing, and sustaining relationships between the Estate of David Smith and Hauser & Wirth as well as the Milton Avery Trust and Victoria Miro. He has organized and produced several exhibitions including large surveys and retrospectives on Milton Avery, Herbert Ferber, Thomas Houseago, Alexis Rockman, Richard Pousette-Dart, James Prosek, Sean Scully, Donald Sultan, and John Walker.
Waqas is deeply committed to supporting non-profit art institutions, in particular the Barnes Foundation, the Norton Museum in Palm Beach, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is a trustee at The Drawing Center in New York and serves on committees at the Norton, the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His personal focus in collecting remains within post-war and contemporary art along with a strong commitment to mid-century design, and Indian Mughal Period paintings and objects.