WAQAS WAJAHAT built his practice with an emphasis on connoisseurship and philanthropy. For over twenty years, he has focused on curating exhibitions and assembling legacy art collections by placing seminal works by Ruth Asawa, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Neil Jenney, Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette-Dart, Mark Rothko, Sean Scully, David Smith, Donald Sultan, and William Turnbull, in important private and public collections.
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 traveling exhibitions including large surveys and retrospectives on Milton Avery, Herbert Ferber, Alexis Rockman, Richard Pousette-Dart, James Prosek, Sean Scully, and Donald Sultan.
Waqas Wajahat is deeply committed to supporting non-profit art institutions, in particular, the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is a trustee at The Drawing Center in New York and serves on advisory committees at the Lowe Art Museum 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 painting.