Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg.
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Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg, who have been collecting modern and contemporary art since the early 1990s, are major players on the board of the New Museum in New York. Mitzi has been a trustee of the New Museum since 2003, and is currently the board’s vice president. Warren is the cofounder, with Leonard Feinstein, of the home-goods chain Bed Bath & Beyond. The couple, along with Feinstein and his wife, Susan, donated $7 million to the New Museum’s new building in downtown Manhattan in 2005. Their son Martin and his wife Rebecca get involved with artists at the beginning of their careers and collect their work as they progress. That way, they told Collector Space, “we can grow with them and we can honestly say that we were a part of the history.” Their instinct for collecting artists of the moment has resulted in a collection that features work by people like Kai Althoff, Charline von Heyl, Peter Doig, Nicole Eisenman, Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, David Hammons, Mary Heilmann, Rashid Johnson, Elizabeth Peyton, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and many more. Every square inch of their home, even the children’s bedrooms, is plastered with art.

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Eisenberg Family

Location:
New Jersey; New York

Source of wealth:
Retail (Bed Bath & Beyond)

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

A 2005 New Yorker article noted that the Mitzi and Warren keep a low profile, “although Liz Smith once noted that Mitzi, ‘a charming lady from New Jersey,’ had, at a charity auction, bid fifteen thousand dollars for a luncheon with Bette Midler.”