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.)