Kelly Klein Spreads Out, Gittis Estate Goes into Contract

cityfile · 09/29/09 07:22AM

• Kelly Klein, Calvin Klein's second ex-wife and a photographer, horse enthusiast, and social fixture, has paid $2.091 million for a two-bedroom co-op at 2 West 67th Street, the building that she's resided in for years. [Cityfile]
• The Southampton mansion once owned by Howard Gittis, the right-hand man to Ron Perelman who passed away in late 2007, has reportedly gone into contract for "about $45 million." The 14-acre estate, which Gittis picked up for $9 million in 1993, is being bought by an unidentified financier. [NYP, Corcoran]
Bjork and Matthew Barney have closed on the purchase of a condo at 160 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights. The couple paid $4 million for the four-bedroom pad. Meanwhile, their former place at 180 West Houston Street is still on the market for $1.7 million. [Brownstoner via NYO, BCRE]
• Attorney Bruce Kaye and his wife Deborah have sold their two-bedroom condo at 15 CPW. The 32nd-floor apartment, which the Kayes bought for $7.8 million in July 2008 and put back on the market for $11.9 million in April, sold for $11.7 million to an unidentified buyer. [Cityfile]

Have Björk and Matthew Barney Split Up?

Brian Moylan · 09/04/09 01:07PM

Oh, the art world! Like any insular set of people, it's always swirling with the best rumors. The mystery that arty people are currently exploring: has Matthew Barney left his hipster elf wife Björk for sometimes-lesbian painter Elizabeth Peyton?

A Little Piece of Iceland On the Hudson

cityfile · 08/20/09 11:57AM

Björk and Matthew Barney have put their West Houston Street apartment up for sale now that the couple is relocating to Brooklyn Heights. But that's not the only property the quirky Icelandic singer and avant-garde artist are looking to dispose of, it seems. Björk's home in Snedens Landing, the tiny hamlet in Rockland County overlooking the Hudson River, is also available to buy ($1.8 million) or rent ($7,000 a month). Needless to say, you can't find a "formal" dining room constructed out of stone and decorated with hard-carved wooden furniture and reindeer antlers just anywhere. [Real Estalker]

Lyor Cohen Takes a Loss, The Mayor's Ex-Wife Lists

cityfile · 08/20/09 07:34AM

Lyor Cohen, the man who runs Warner Music, turned Def Jam into a music powerhouse in the '90s with Russell Simmons, and now happens to be Tory Burch's boyfriend, has taken a loss on the UES co-op he owned with his ex-wife, Amy. In 2006, Cohen and his then-wife paid $7.75 million a duplex at 8 East 96th Street. The purchase came about two months before the couple called it quits and now they've finally managed to unload the place: Google executive Julio Pekarovic and Maria Vasconcelos picked up the pad for $6 million. [NYO]
• Susan Bloomberg, the ex-wife of Michael Bloomberg—and mother of Georgina and Emma—has put her 4,472-square-foot penthouse at One Kenmare Square in SoHo on the market. The four-bedroom spread, which the mayor's ex-wife picked up for $10 million three years ago, is now listed for $11.5 million with Brown Harris Stevens broker Dennis Mangone. [NYO, BHS]

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 03/25/09 06:30AM

Sarah Jessica Parker is turning 44 today. Gloria Steinem turns 75. Elton John is 62. Daniel Boulud is turning 54. Socialite Arden Wohl turns 26. Matthew Barney is 42. Eileen Ford is 87. Aretha Franklin turns 67. Marcia Cross is 47. Today Show film critic Gene Shalit is turning 77. Katharine McPhee is 25. Race car driver Danica Patrick turns 27. The rapper Juvenile is turning 34. And actress Lark Voorhies, best known as Lisa Turtle on Saved by the Bell, is turning 35.

Matthew Barney Facebook Divorces Bjork

Pareene · 12/15/08 01:55PM

The most precious (and probably sticky) art relationship of our generation is over! Matthew Barney is no longer listed as in a relationship (according to a Facebook page that might be his).

Matthew Barney

cityfile · 02/03/08 09:31PM

"The most important American artist of his generation" according to Michael Kimmelman, Barney became an art world darling in the '90s with his freakish film series The Cremaster Cycle. He's also Bjork's baby daddy.

Remainders: Oh Yeah, Winter

Doree Shafrir · 01/10/07 06:15PM
  • Some vintage Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five videos for your pre-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert enjoyment. [Complex]

To-Do List

Gawker · 04/29/03 04:06PM

1. If you still haven't caught the Matthew Barney exhibit at the Guggenheim, you can check out Cremaster: The Complete 5-Film Cycle at Film Forum.
2. Check out the final week of the Dana Miller + Mara Bodis-Wollner + Tema Stauffer show at the Jen Bekman .gallery
3. See the latest Kiki and Herb show, "Coup de Theatre" at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village.

Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle

Gawker · 03/16/03 10:24AM

Overheard at the Matthew Barney exhibit: (when a guy at a suddenly partially visible urinal complained that the mens room door was being propped open by the line) "We just spent 45 minutes in someone's ovaries. I'm sure no one cares about seeing you take a piss."

Matthew Barney's anus

Gawker · 03/05/03 09:29AM

Manhattan artist David Last thought Matthew Barney's Cremaster exhibit was overhyped, and by god, he did something about it! He wrote a song called "Matthew Barney's Anus" and put it on the Internet! Sample lyrics: I don t wanna know about Matthew Barney s anus / But lately that s all anybody talks about / I don t care for Vaseline-drenched masterworks / Masturbation football nation movie shows.
Matthew Barney's Butt [Observer]
David Last's website