Last year, as the new management Chetrit of the Chelsea Hotel gutted its insides and hurled out all its temporary tenants, times were sad. The hotel’s storied art collection has started to go missing, allegedly driven off in a truck to somewhere. A collage hung in the hallway with permission? Gone. Photographs by Arthur Weinstein? Gone, even though his widow called the police with papers proving her ownership of the work. A Larry Rivers painting? Poof! And now the Larry Rivers Foundation is threatening to sue. So, yeah, the owners want the work back.
At least, they’d like to know “where the art is being kept, whether it is insured, protected from moisture, stored correctly, etc., but has been stonewalled.” The Chetrit group isn’t responding, but they did hang a nice “no photography” sign on the door. (Photo: Mark/Flickr)