From Marina Dacci’s interview for MM, the Max Mara magazine:
[Jeannette Montgomery Barron]: I do remember the 1980s being a time of experimentation and camaraderie between artists and gallerists. I like to think it was a more innocent time in the art world, but maybe I’m just romanticizing the period. The East Village in particular was a very creative area and not very safe, I might add; it’s hard to imagine now. Artists wanted to live in Soho where many of the galleries were at the time—Mary Boone and Leo Castelli were right across from each other on West Broadway. You could get huge lofts in Soho with room for working and living—and be right in the thick of things. Then there was Tribeca which was a real frontier—there wasn’t even a grocery store down there at the time.