Jacobs & Morawska Fine Art Consulting is managed by Joseph Jacobs and Kasia Morawska. With locations in Los Angeles, New York, and Warsaw, the company operates globally. Mr. Jacobs heads up the art advisory team of former museum curators and directors. Ms. Morawska is chief operating officer, overseeing customer and public relations, lifestyle, and legal and wealth transfer affairs and such art investment vehicles as art funds. For legal and wealth transfer affairs, art funds and all art investment vehicles, Jacobs & Morawska strategically partners with the New York attorney, Enrique Liberman, who is the founder and CEO of the Art Fund Association (artfundassociation.com). He is one of the world’s leading attorneys in art law and the world’s foremost authority on art funds.
Joseph Jacobs is an art historian who curated his first major museum exhibition—on Jacques Callot, the great 17th-century French printmaker—in 1970, and has been a museum curator and director and has worked in the art field for over 45 years. He was Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum (1991-2003), heading up one of the world’s greatest collections of American Art. From 1989 to 1991, he was Director of the Oklahoma City Art Museum, and from 1985 to 1989, he was Curator of Modern Art at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, located in Sarasota, Florida, and the largest museum in the Southeast. Here, his contemporary art exhibitions were regularly reviewed in the major art and fashion magazines. Previously, he was Director of the Museum at Bucknell University, from 1981-1985, where he showed such emerging artists as Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Louise Lawler, Keith Haring, Elizabeth Murray, Kenny Scharf, and Haim Steinbach as well as the very out of favor Andy Warhol, who had committed to doing a one-man retrospective with Mr. Jacobs at the Ringling Museum just prior to his death.
Mr. Jacobs has written numerous books and exhibition catalogues. Best known is Janson’s History of Art, The Western Tradition, which he co-authored, writing the section “The Modern World” (over a third of the book) for the 7th and 8th editions. This book is probably the single most famous art publication in the world, and it was a front page article (with lengthy quotes by Mr. Jacobs) in The New York Times when it was published. Mr. Jacobs has written studies on photography (This Is Not a Photograph, 25 Years of Large-Scale Photography) and on folk, self-taught art, and outsider art (A World of Their Own: Twentieth-Century American Folk Art). One of the world’s leading experts on modern and contemporary art, he is now preparing a book on art since 1950, which is tentatively titled Art Since 1950, The Path to Postmodernism. He has written for many major art magazines, including Art in America, Art & Antiques, and Arts.
Mr. Jacobs’s exhibitions have won international awards, including “Best Exhibition at a Museum Outside of New York,” 1999, presented by the International Association of Art Critics for Off Limits, Rutgers University and the Avant-Garde, 1957-1963, an exhibition featuring Roy Lichtenstein, Allan Kaprow, Lucas Samaras, George Segal, Robert Whitman, Robert Watts, and Geoffrey Hendricks. His 2001 reinstallation of the Newark Museum’s permanent collection of American Art was promoted by the National Endowment for the Humanities as a model for museum exhibitions. While at the Newark Museum, Mr. Jacobs also produced a 2.5-hour documentary film, From Boys to Men (2002), which was directed and edited by Frederick Marx, the editor of the Academy Award nominated film Hoop Dreams, and tracked at-risk teenagers in Newark.
As one of the world’s leading art experts, Mr. Jacobs has served on the vetting committee for many major art fairs in America, including the International Fine Art Fair in New York and the Palm Beach Art & Antique Fair. He has also served on many public art panels, commissioning major art projects by world famous artists.
Kasia Morawka has been immersed in the art world for over 25 years. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. Kasia Morawska began her career as an artist and soon evolved into a very successful interior designer. In 2008, she founded an independent, alternative gallery, Unit24, located directly across from the Tate Modern. She has also spearheaded major philanthropic projects in Los Angeles, where she now lives, and in Warsaw. In 2014, she collaborated with Forbes for the charity art auction which took place at Forbes Great Ball in Warsaw, an event attended by Poland’s top business leaders and benefiting the Maestro Foundation. Her art world, business, and financial contacts are extensive. For Jacobs & Morawska she manages client relations and services, which includes overseeing such important client needs as collection cataloguing, registration, insurance, installation, shipping, handling, registration, cataloguing, appraisals, legal documentation, and art world lifestyle.