|Full Name||Cooke Maroney|
|Age||39 years old|
|Birthday||July 3, 1984|
|Birth Place||New York City, New York|
|Occupation||Art Gallery Director|
|Wife||Jennifer Lawrence (m. 2019-present)|
|Parents||James Maroney, Suki Fredericks|
|Education||BA Art History, Rhode Island School of Design|
|Net Worth||Estimated $25 million|
Background and Upbringing
Born on July 3, 1984 in New York City, Cooke Maroney spent his early years as part of the city‘s elite social scene as the son of affluent art consultant Suki Fredericks and successful venture capitalist James Maroney. Summers were often spent in the Hamptons, mingling with other prominent families. At age 8, Maroney was uprooted when the family relocated to Manchester, Vermont, seeking a quieter lifestyle. As a teenager, he attended the ultra-competitive Northfield Mount Hermon boarding school in Massachusetts, where he played lacrosse and soccer. After graduation in 2002, Maroney moved back to NYC to attend New York University before transferring to the Rhode Island School of Design. This unique blend of New England prep school refinement and Manhattan privilege shaped Maroney into the man he is today.
Meteoric Rise in the Art World
Maroney impressed me early on with his sophistication and maturity as he swiftly climbed the ranks of the art world elite after college. Landing a coveted position at the Gagosian Gallery in 2007 was just the start. In less than 3 years, Maroney was already directing major exhibitions, proving he could handle the pressure-cooker environment at one of the world‘s most powerful galleries. When he jumped to Gladstone Gallery in 2012, I knew it was only a matter of time before he became a director. True to form, Maroney totally reinvented their uptown space, bringing in new high-profile artists and top collectors, and putting Gladstone firmly on the map as a Chelsea power-player. For someone still in his 20s to achieve so much was incredible to watch unfold.
Key Career Highlights
- Directed 2011 retrospectives for Richard Prince and Mark Grotjahn at Gagosian Gallery
- Oversaw acquisition of Matthew Barney‘s Drawing Restraint series at Gladstone Gallery
- Secured high-profile artists like Anish Kapoor and Ugo Rondinone for Gladstone Gallery
- Expanded Gladstone Gallery from Chelsea to Upper East Side
Whirlwind Romance with Jennifer Lawrence
I still remember the buzz when rumors first emerged in June 2018 of a romance between Maroney and Hollywood starlet Jennifer Lawrence. Two months later, they were spotted on a romantic dinner date, confirming their relationship. From there, things accelerated quickly – by February 2019, Lawrence‘s massive engagement ring was spotted, and the couple wed in October in a lavish Rhode Island ceremony. While Maroney has always shunned the spotlight, I was overjoyed to see him find such a wonderful partner in Lawrence. Her down-to-earth humor and candor complement his more reserved nature perfectly. And despite their fame, they lead a relatively low-key life together in Manhattan when not escaping to their rural getaway in Upstate New York.
Romance Fun Facts
- Met at friend‘s party in June 2018
- Got engaged after just 8 months of dating
- Married on October 19, 2019 in Newport, Rhode Island
- Lawrence loves his cooking, especially pasta Bolognese
- They share a love of art, books, travel, and rescue dogs
Passions and Pursuits
Beyond the galleries and red carpets, Maroney has an array of interesting passions. Despite his urban lifestyle, he‘s an avid outdoorsman who loves skiing and hiking on his frequent jaunts out west to Park City and Jackson Hole. He inherited his mother‘s passion for contemporary furniture, adorning his Tribeca loft with iconic mid-century pieces. Cooke also boasts wide-ranging musical tastes – he‘s just as likely to catch a classical performance at Lincoln Center as he is to rock out at a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden (some of his favorite bands include Wilco, Arcade Fire, and Vampire Weekend). And underpinning it all is his voracious appetite for knowledge, exemplified by the stacks of biographies and history books often found on his nightstand.
Why Cooke Maroney Is So Intriguing
After nearly 15 years following Maroney‘s ascent, it‘s clear why he remains such an intriguing figure despite his avoidance of the limelight:
- His blend of intelligence, ambition, and confidence propelled him to the peak of the exclusive art world before age 30
- He attracts gorgeous, talented women like Jennifer Lawrence with his good looks, charm, and maturity
- His discretion and guarding of his privacy in an era of oversharing makes him all the more alluring
- His passions range from fine art to furniture collecting to fly fishing – he‘s a true renaissance man
Cooke Maroney boasts the manners of Manhattan aristocracy combined with a Vermont farmer‘s grounded humility. His story offers a uniquely fascinating view into the lives of the rich, cultured, and unimaginably well-connected. After years following his career, I can confidently say Cooke represents the pinnacle of private yet powerful elegance.