Best Gallery Openings New York 2000 - Mary Boone Gallery
Mary Boone is so sure of her own trendy magnetism, she doesn't even offer wine to coax crowds to her gallery uptown. And she doesn't need to. Since the 1980s, when Boone's Soho gallery represented art stars like Eric Fischl and Julian Schnabel, her openings have been hot on the social and celebrity circuit. She's managed to keep showing a steady stream: this year, painters Inka Essenhigh and Damian Loeb, plus local celebrities (legendary dominatrix the Baroness) and movie stars (Gina Gershon). Or you can join those actually looking at the art . . . or are they just trading rumors about the authenticity of that dime bag of heroin tucked into Tom Sach's installation?