Art dealer Mary Boone released from prison thanks to coronavirus pandemic

Infamous art dealer Mary Boone is a free woman, according to ArtNet’s gossip column, Wet Paint.

It reports that Boone — who was sentenced in 2018 to 30 months in jail for tax evasion — has been released after serving just 13 months in prison in Danbury, Connecticut, because of the pandemic. Apparently Boone, a once almighty dealer who worked with Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel and Roy Lichtenstein, among others, is now in a Brooklyn halfway house, awaiting final release.

The outlet figured out that Boone’s on the outside again because she downloaded Citizen, an app that alerts users to police activity in their area. “The app pings you with a notification when someone in your contacts has joined,” which allowed them to see that Boone was back in possession of a smart phone. Wet Paint says it confirmed her release with the Department of Corrections. “The move appears to be a response to the threat Boone and fellow older inmates faced after several prisoners tested positive for COVID-19,” it reported.

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