Jailed art dealer Mary Boone now being sued by former gallery director
James Oliver claims in federal court documents that in 2018 — after Boone’s guilty plea but before she began her sentence — Boone sold a $10 million Brice Marden painting to gallery Gagosian and had the funds transferred to her personal account. A week later, “Boone paid off millions of dollars” in IRS penalties, the suit claims.
Oliver alleges Boone pulled off the same scheme with two other works: a $590,000 Eric Fischl piece and a $200,000 work by Francesco Clemente. He claims that when he asked about his cut, Boone told him the money belonged to her, and “she was going to need it when [she got] out of prison.”
Oliver also claims 16 artworks — by Kaws, Barbara Kruger and Ross Bleckner, among others — worth more than $5 million “are currently located at Boone’s personal residence.” He claims Boone owes him at least $44,325 in unpaid wages.
In 2017, Boone settled a civil claim made by Alec Baldwin for selling him a Bleckner painting and delivering a different one.
Source : Mara Siegler Link