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Not a penthouse but still a pretty nice-looking place: Gardener’s House at Antibes (1888), by Monet, in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art.



Hedge-funder and art collector Ken Griffin has dropped $238 million on a Central Park South penthouse in Manhattan, the highest price ever paid for a home in the United States. [Bloomberg]

It seems that he’s on a buying spree: earlier this week, it was reported that he spent £95 million (about $123.7 million) on a London abode. [Financial Times]

And here’s Griffin’s entry on the ARTnews annual “Top 200 Collectors” list, where he’s been a fixture for years. [ARTnews]

The average age of U.S. investors with more than $25 million is 47, according to one study. (Griffin is 50.) [Bloomberg]


The Frick Pittsburgh has tapped Judith Hanson O’Toole, the director emerita of Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to be its interim executive director. [Pittsburgh Business Times]

The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh is set to name a new acting director in the next few weeks. The contract for Judith Hansen O’Toole, who holds the position now, is set to expire at the end of the month. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

The Expo Chicago art fair has appointed Jacob Fabricius to be the curator of its 2019 In/Situ program, which focuses on “large-scale sculpture, video, film, and site-specific works.” [ARTnews]


The library of the late poet John Ashbery (who was also an ARTnews staffer for a stretch in the 1960s and ’70s) has been donated to Harvard by his husband, David Kermani. It includes north of 5,000 volumes, including a copy of the Oxford Book of American Verse, which “he used as an undergraduate, with pressed flowers used as bookmarks.” [The New York Times]

Ted Loos chatted with Gerald and Jody Lippes about their art collection and acquisition habits. They tend to pull the trigger on purchases after fairs, making sure that works they liked stuck with them. “Sometimes they’re gone, but there’s always more art,” Gerald said. [The New York Times]


Patrick Flores, a professor of art studies at the University of the Philippines and a curator at the Vargas Museum in Manila, has been selected to lead the curatorial team for the 2019 Singapore Biennial. [ARTnews]

Bloomberg Philanthropies is giving $1 million to Camden, New Jersey for a public art project that will be focused on illegal dumping. [ARTnews]

Sophie Haigney took a look at a number of works in “The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics,” a new show organized by Michael Connor and Aria Dean that just opened at the New Museum in New York. [The New York Times]

Jonas Mekas, 1922–2019

Dealer James Fuentes shared a note from Jonas Mekas, the storied experimental filmmaker who died at the age of 96. “Keep dancing,” it begins. [@james_fuentes_llc@Instagram]

And curator Hans Ulrich Obrist shared a number of notes that Mekas wrote over the years. “I am watching life go by,” one reads. “It’s very interesting!” [@hansulrichobrist/Instagram]

Earlier this month, Mekas figured in a New York Times feature following some of New York’s oldest citizens, and he offered some life lessons. [The New York Times]

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