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Meet Gabe Boyers of KABINETT in South End

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabe Boyers.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 2006, I founded Schubertiade Music & Arts, which – I still sort of pinch myself! – grew quickly to be one of the country’s most widely recognized dealerships of rare books and manuscripts. Under that business name, I found myself increasingly dealing in artworks of various mediums and working with art collectors, finding that there is considerable overlap between my clients in both the rare books and manuscripts world and the art world. In 2017 I first opened the doors of KABINETT. Recalling Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosities (“Kunstkabinett”), the term Kabinett also originally referred to a wine of superior quality, set aside for later sale. Drawing from these references for the gallery, I deal in both the primary and secondary art markets, selling works by the masters of the past as well as contemporary works by mature contemporary artists I consider to be new masters.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As with my rare books and manuscript business, the client base for the art I offer through KABINETT is global – every week we ship to clients throughout the US and to several different countries. But Boston is my home and I’m working every day to develop a local clientele for the sorts of artwork we are offering. We’ve received enthusiastic local responses to the gallery’s offerings – to my knowledge, there are no other Boston galleries offering quite the range of artwork, from old Dutch master paintings to Matisse drawings to contemporary paintings and sculpture – but I’d say we are still very much in the early stages of connecting with local buyers. It’s my hope that the longer we have a visible Boston presence, KABINETT will become a major trusted source for local collectors, interior designers, institutions etc.

Please tell us about KABINETT.
The perspective of the gallery was established through my experience in dealing primarily mid-19th through early 20th century works, but with KABINETT I’m trying to create programming that challenges contemporary culture and pushes new aesthetic visions, generating a fertile dialogue between contemporary works of all types and the artistic visions of these earlier periods. I’m devoted to exhibiting original, profound and important works of art and to seeking artists who embrace a rich, diverse, multi-cultural or world perspective to their work, whose seriousness of mission is matched by their mastery of form and craft. Above all, I choose to represent work that I love, art that moves and transforms us. To create a cohesive art historical and commercial context for the contemporary artists exhibiting at KABINETT, the gallery varies its exhibitions between curated “From the Kabinett” shows addressing earlier and thematic art movements, and single-artist and group shows of new works by contemporary artists.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I come from a family of artists – my father is a well-known literary critic and magazine editor, my mother is a well-known poet, my eldest brother, an accomplished artist. I grew up surrounded by art, literature, music, and by people who were deeply, passionately devoted to art and art-making in all its wondrous forms. I had a great childhood, so it would be hard to name a single favorite memory. But a powerful memory is of the many, many evening dinner parties in my home at which I was privileged to sit, even from an early age, and watch great writers and artists discussing their craft, arguing with each other, illustrating so well what a full-throttled and serious commitment to art looks like.

Pricing:

  • Kabinett offers works in all mediums and price-ranges
  • Our current exhibition Killers & Thrillers includes works priced $375 – $40,000

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