ANDERSON--Richard Richard Anderson, beloved impresario, art dealer, aesthete, host, philanthropist, and maritime preservationist died on Monday, January 21st in Nyack, NY after a brief illness. Several dear friends, including his partner Ian Danic, were at his side. Richard was of Iranian, Swedish, English and Irish heritage, the son of George Albert Anderson and Keyhan Farian. He was born on September 19, 1962 in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Brooklyn Heights. Richard moved to Nyack as a teenager and graduated from Nyack High School in 1980 and Columbia College in 1984 with degrees in Economics and History. Upon graduating, he worked in banking, accepting postings in London and Paris. In Europe, he indulged his lifelong passion for art, embarking on building his private collection. On his return to the States, he opened a series of galleries in Tribeca, Chelsea and Soho. As an art dealer and gallerist Richard helped to establish the career of many emerging artists, earning wide respect in the New York Art world. Richard's other great passion was historic boats. At age 10 he was a constant presence as a young volunteer at the nascent South Street Seaport Museum. In recent years he founded the SS Columbia Project whose goal is to bring the oldest surviving American passenger steamship to the Hudson River Valley. This project beautifully dovetails his love of art, ships and the river, on the banks of which sits the home he enjoyed so much with family and friends. He is predeceased by his father and his adored mother, Dr. Keyhan Farian and his aunt Parvin. He is survived by a sister Farah Gharavi, his dear aunts, Homma, Zoreh, Nahid, Hidokht and friends beyond measure. His appreciation for the beauty around him will inspire us forever. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the SS Columbia Project, 232 E. 11th St., NY, NY 10003.
Published in The New York Times on Feb. 2, 2013