The Observer’s miniature profile of Marianne Boesky packs of lot of drama into a small story. But let’s start by giving Boesky credit for one of the best lines about art dealing today: “There’s always more art, there’s always more real estate and there’s never really peace of mind.”
As an example, Boesky goes back a ways to talk about the loss of two of her career defining artists:
She was showing Takashi Murakami early in his career, and represented Lisa Yuskavage until about ten years ago. Their departures—and the glee with which that was met by some in the art world—had a serious effect on Boesky.
“It really devastated me,” she says. In her then-new Chelsea space, which she bought for around $800,000, a sum she found unthinkably high at the time, her first two shows were Murakami and Yuskavage. “I had a whole bunch of payments that relied on these shows that were planned and they left at a completely debilitating moment for me.”