Born: 1967
Education: Middlebury College
Residence: Chelsea, NY

Marianne Boesky

New York gallerist Marianne Boesky has been surrounded by fine art from a young age. The daughter of financier Ivan Boesky, she grew up on a 200-acre estate where the walls were decorated with Monet, Degas, and Giaccommetti. Boesky’s father was incarcerated for insider trading when she was just 19; her parents subsequently divorced. After attending Middlebury College, Boesky explored Asia and had a brief stint at law school. Settling on contemporary art, she opened her self-titled gallery in 1996 in SoHo, New York City. Since its outset, the mission of Marianne Boesky Gallery has been to “represent and support emerging international artists of all media.”

Boesky’s first client was Lisa Yuskavage, who defected to David Zwirner in 2005. “I never thought after I got married, that I’d go through the feelings of getting dumped again,” the dealer told the New York Times in 2006. “Then — bam! I was catatonic for two weeks, after that final conversation with Lisa. She really saw me as Mommy and wife — and also her investment adviser. My fault was probably being too available. Gallerists do leave themselves vulnerable.” A few months later Boesky sold one of the artist’s works — a painting that had previously decorated her living room — at auction for over $1 million.

She also launched the career of Takashi Murakami, now internationally acclaimed and represented by Gagosian Gallery. Among others, Boesky currently represents Rachel Feinstein, Mary Ellen Mark, Donald Moffett, and John Waters. Her Wall Street connections have facilitated sales to financial titans like Steve Cohen, David Ganek, and Adam Sender.

In 2005 Boesky moved her gallery to a space designed by Deborah Berke and Partners on West 24th Street in Chelsea. She lives in an apartment above the gallery with her husband, Wall Street trader Liam Culman, and their daughter Ellie. Boesky’s home features art from her vast and impressive personal art collection, including works by Damien Hirst, Daniel Buren, Robert Gober, and Yoshitomo Nara.

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