Gallery History

Originally established in 1999, Leo Koenig Inc. presented emerging, mid-career and established artists for more than a decade. Quickly recognized for the strength of its sculpture and painting program as well as its support of German and American artists, the gallery opened an adjacent project space on West 23rd Street in 2008.

Leo Koenig Projekte extended the gallery’s curatorial platform to include international artists working in a range of media, including film, video, photography, and performance. With a desire to fully integrate both endeavors Leo Koenig partnered with Margaret Liu Clinton and re-opened the gallery Koenig & Clinton on West 19th Street in September of 2013.

Koenig & Clinton remains focused on actively building a cross-generational gallery program that reflects the rich diversity of cultural and aesthetic approaches that are historically characteristic of New York City.

Partners

Leo Koenig

Leo Koenig established his gallery in 1999 when he was 21 years old. Within a few years, his gallery garnered the attention of colleagues, artists, curators and collectors. Leo Koenig Inc. initially became known for introducing a number of important European artists such as painter Jonathan Meese and the performance group Gelitin to a New York audience, while expanding the careers of American artists both in the U.S. and abroad. Koenig’s reputation grew by virtue of his insistence upon anchoring his exhibitions with museum quality publications, while assiduously linking new artists to a historical lineage. He is known not only as a gallerist with a discerning eye, but is increasingly recognized and sought after as an expert in secondary markets for contemporary art.

Margaret Liu Clinton,
Owner and Director

Margaret Liu Clinton directs sales as well as the curatorial and events programming for Koenig & Clinton. Prior to joining Leo Koenig Inc. in January 2012, Margaret served as the director of Alexander Gray Associates as well as Miguel Abreu Gallery.

Upon completing the Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program, Margaret also served as the Program’s assistant.

In addition to working in commercial art galleries, Margaret has also worked in arts education. She has served as a guest critic and a selection committee member for various artist residencies. She holds B.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of California, Davis.

 

Staff

Elizabeth Balogh,
Director, Leo Koenig Inc.

Elizabeth Balogh oversees all logistics, administration, research and writing for Leo Koenig Inc. For 16 years, she has worked with Leo Koenig in various capacities. Previously, Balogh served as a director and curator for Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York City.

A resident of both West and East Coasts, Balogh has worked at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and was the director for the legendary (now defunct) American Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.  A former professional musician, she studied music theory and vocal performance at California State University, Los Angeles.

Natascha Boojar,
Exhibition Manager

Natascha Boojar oversees logistics for all on-site and off-site exhibitions.

Before joining the gallery, Boojar worked at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, a non-profit institution that exhibits international contemporary art with a special focus on Austria. Over the course of her nine-year tenure at the ACFNY, Boojar worked as the assistant to the director and event coordinator for three years before leading the visual arts department for the next six years. In her most recent role, Boojar oversaw the execution of the Austrian Cultural Forum’s exhibition program and all related public programming.

Boojar holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Communication Science from the University of Vienna. In addition to speaking German, she also speaks English and French fluently. Before entering the art world, Boojar interned in the department of public information for the United Nations in New York.

Amber Vilas,
Gallery Manager

Amber Vilas oversees all arts administration for the gallery focusing specifically on day-to-day operations.

Before joining Koenig & Clinton, Vilas worked with several New York galleries. She held the positions of associate director at Zach Feuer Gallery after holding the position of gallery manager at Rachel Uffner Gallery. Before moving to New York, she was the associate director at gescheidle in Chicago. She has also interned at BLOUIN ARTINFO, carriage trade, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Vilas holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to working in commercial art galleries, she has recently given time to Fostering Change for Children and Housing Works.

Rico Anderson,
Preparator

Rico Anderson oversees exhibition installations and coordinates with freelance art handlers onsite to optimize the physical upkeep and handling of artworks. He implements quality assurance measures throughout the exhibiting, packing, shipping, and storage processes. Anderson also maintains up-to-date inventory and archival database records.

Before joining the gallery in 2008, he worked as an art handler for numerous galleries and institutions in New York City including, but not limited to: Marian Goodman Gallery, James Cohan Gallery, 303 Gallery, and Pat Hearn Gallery. Anderson holds a BFA in fine arts from SUNY Purchase. His artwork has been exhibited in New York and internationally.

Visual Identity & Site Design: Geoff Han
Site Architecture: Jonas Lund