Ceylan Ecer, The Goldman Girl In The Art World

#16- Ceylan Ecer, Art Dealer
Wall Street would seem like an unlikely career choice for a young woman whose parents are sculptors and who put off buying a car so she could acquire her first piece of art. But after college, Ceylan Ecer started at Goldman Sachs, looking for a different lifestyle than that of her family of artists and architects. Yet she could run only so far: as an associate at Goldman Sachs, she found herself advising the bank's partners on their personal art collections. She quickly built up a following and finally left Wall Street to work full-time as an art advisor. "I went from being 'the art girl in finance' to being 'the Goldman girl in the art world,'" she says.
While Ecer doesn't present formal exhibitions, she does give private viewings and often hosts parties for charities and art/architecture-related programs such as the Institute of Public Architecture. Client meetings take place in the downstairs gallery area, while she works out of the office or on one of the terraces. Ecer concedes that one day she may focus more energy on her loft's furnishings. "But there's always more art to buy," she says. In recent years, Ceylan bought art work for Leonardo di Caprio, baseball player Alexander Rodriguez and Monica Belluci. 

She is living in a residence/office in Brooklyn that exhibits her own collection of post-war and contemporary art as well as the work of her clients. Inside, the walls are hung with a mix of works from Ecer's own collection and from the collections of her private clients. "I try to curate the space to create a dialogue between the artworks and also between the artworks and the space itself," she explains. Because her clients include collectors on the top rungs of the art world, those artworks can include de Koonings from the 2011 MoMA retrospective and Kiki Smith sculptures found in the Whitney's permanent collection. "I'm very lucky I get to live with them," she says. (by Karen Lehrman Bloch, New York Spaces Magazine)
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