Publicly launched in 2021, 5oz. was conceived by Stephan Weishaupt, taking a collaborative approach to partnerships with artists by offering a gallery environment that guides both a presentation and buying experience in a way that is highly individualised. Stemming from a lifelong immersion in the art world and as an extension of his successful, multi-national design businesses, 5oz.’s approach is reflective of Weishaupt’s personal vision.
Showing art and interacting with clients in unconventionally personalised ways differentiates the brand from a typical gallery. Displayed in a network of settings in and around Toronto, Vancouver, New York, and Miami, including within private residences, accessible by appointment, and at Avenue Road showrooms, roving exhibitions include a mix of represented artists’ works.
A consultative approach is taken to the service offering, which includes advising, sourcing, procurement, and logistics for bespoke commissions, in addition to selling pieces from artists included in the 5oz. roster.
Personal, relationship-based approach to understanding each clients unique requirements
Unique curation of works by established international contemporary artists
Site / project specific consultations
Digital mock-ups; placement and/or installation guidance
Sourcing and acquisition expertise
Local on-site trial of select in-stock works
Coordination for national and international artwork shipments, including custom packaging and crating
Installation coordination and supervision, where possible
For curator Stephan Weishaupt, it all comes down to relationships. Weishaupt’s intuition, world view, and above all, affinity for connecting people is what has enabled him to engineer truly original experiences.
Born and raised in Munich, Weishaupt’s relationship with his family – a long line of entrepreneurs, architects, and art patrons – imparted his insatiable curiosity and appreciation of art and design.
True to form, Weishaupt’s focus, and measure of success is the quality of the relationships he has built with both his clients and artists who have come to trust him as a true collaborator.
Working with integrity, grit and humour, our team makes things happen. We share a collective passion, curiosity, and a creative approach to continuously deliver personal, meaningful experiences.
The burgeoning success of 5oz. is led by Director Joanne Cortese, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the art world, spanning over 15 years in the industry. Cortese has worked with post war, modern, and contemporary art, specializing in both the European and Asian markets. Beginning her career in London, UK, and spending many years in Asia, she now successfully leads the 5oz. team from Toronto, Canada.
Muskoka Dittmar McCallum
Muskoka specializes in Canadian and Indigenous Art and curatorial theory. Her previous experience includes working with the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the University of Toronto’s three Art Galleries.