A (Very) Short List of Romney Supporters in New York’s Art World

Nearly every major art dealer in New York, including Barbara Gladstone, David Zwirner, and Paula Cooper, has donated to Barack Obama‘s reelection campaign. But there are at least a few Republicans lurking around the city’s art scene, just not so much in Chelsea. Herewith, a list of these black sheep, according to Federal Election Commission donation data.

1. The bluest of the blue-chip dealers on the secondary market, William Acquavella goes red when it comes to politics. This year the Upper East Side gallerist donated $2,500 to Mitt Romney.

2. It’s been estimated that Larry Gagosian is worth $300 million, and his personal art collection could be more than triple that, so it’s not such a surprise that, to date, he has donated at least $5,000 to Romney.

3. Susan Aberbach, founder of Susan Aberbach Fine Art on the Upper East Side, has old roots in the city’s art scene — her family once donated a Paul Delvaux painting to the Met. She’s given $2,500 to Romney.

4. Upper East Side impressionist and modern art dealer Nathan Bernstein, who more recently branched out into contemporary and Asian art, donated $2,000 to Romney’s campaign in August. Then again, he also gave $1,000 to Obama the week before.

5. Wally Findlay Galleries CEO James Borynack, who splits his time between the Upper East Side and Palm Beach, has written a $2,500 check to Romney.

6. Evelyn Tompkins directs the New York and D.C. branches of Ann Kendall Richards, Inc., and donated $250 to Romney.

7. The staff of the Upper East Side early American art gallery Berry-Hill probably shouldn’t be giving money to anybody right now, given their recent legal and financial troubles. Nevertheless co-owner James Berry Hill has donated $2,500 to Romney, David Hill gave $1,500 and gallery employee Samantha Kanter Steinberg gave $1,250.

— Rachel Corbett

(This post originally appeared on ARTINFO’s Market Watch blog.)