Born: 1963
Hometown: Huntington, NY
Education: Yale University
Residence: Upper East Side, NY

KIM HEIRSTON

Kim Heirston is a contemporary art advisor who helps her well-heeled clients spend their money on expensive artwork. She’s also a fixture at fashionable art events around town. Lisa Dennison of Sotheby’s has described Heirston as “one of the top-tier art advisers,” saying that “she has a very strong presence, so when you’re visiting galleries, going to dinners, going to museums, going to art fairs, going anywhere in the world—you see her.”

Heirston was raised in Huntington, Long Island. After attending Yale University, Heirston worked at prominent New York galleries such as PaceWildenstein and Robert Miller before becoming the director of Stux Gallery in 1989.  Although in the early 90s several collectors offered to support her in opening a gallery, Heirston decided to start an art advisory business: she proposed to one Italian client that she be his advisor while he built his collection. This led to the two of them commissioning Damien Hirst, then little-known, to do a sheep in formaldehyde. The collector paid Hirst about $60,000 for this – it sold for more than $3 million at auction in 2006.

Heirston’s clients include Tom Clancy, Kate Spade, Salman Rushdie, the Miller sisters, and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. She is married to Richard Evans, an Australian real estate investor; the two live together in an Upper East Side townhouse designed by Lisa Jackson and Catherine Aaron.

Image by Preston Schlebusch via Art Das Kunstmagazin

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