International art dealer and advisor Paul McCabe opens the door to the family home in Milan and shares his thoughts on art and style that stand the test of time.
Text by Marcus Dunberg
Writing an article about Paul McCabe comes with some challenges. The biggest one? You need to get a hold of him, which is much easier said than done. “I’m in New York for the auctions,” he responds when I first try to reach him. Over the following week, as we text back and forth, he swooshes through the Italian wine region of Barbaresco before heading to Milan, where he lives with his Swedish wife Jenny, an actress and writer who’s building her own reputation as an interior designer – an extension of her cinematic passion. Together, the couple has three young daughters, and the family home is a sprawling, art-filled 1930s apartment decorated by Jenny right in the heart of Milan, on Via Senato.
Before moving to Milan, they lived in Stockholm and New York. “I love the quality of life in Stockholm,” notes McCabe, “but Milan is much better suited to my business and my personality: it’s more vibrant and bustling, with friends and collectors coming through town all the time.” The family also has a place in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. “We spend a lot of time there,” he explains. “It’s become an important place for us, both as a family but also for work.”
Indeed, McCabe is no stranger to moving around the world for work. A South African native, he started his career in Cape Town, before relocating to Miami and New York in his early twenties to strengthen his career in the art world. And over the past few decades, he has done just that: built a solid reputation for being that rare combination of art advisor and dealer – one who’s knowledgeable, trustworthy and has a good eye.