Rosen’s “dislike” for Picasso behind removal: suit

New York /
Feb.February 07, 2014 09:08 AM

Aby Rosen’s plans to remove a Pablo Picasso painting from the Four Seasons Restaurant lobby at the Seagram Building may be in jeopardy. A new lawsuit seeks to block the removal of the “Le Tricorne” painting, claiming that removal could damage the painting permanently and that it was being carried out due to Rosen’s dislike of the masterpiece.

The limestone wall behind the artwork is in desperate need of repairs, according to Rosen’s RFR Holding, Which Owns The 375 Park Avenue tower. But the New York Landmarks Conservancy, which filed the suit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday, said that Rosen’s claim that the wall needs repairs are simply an excuse to allow him to get rid of a painting he despises.

“Mr. Rosen has previously referred to the Picasso curtain as a schmatte, the Yiddish word for rag,” the lawsuit states, according to DNAinfo. “The sole basis for RFR and Mr. Rosen’s insistence that the Picasso curtain be removed is Mr. Rosen’s own admitted dislike of the Picasso curtain.”

Though the Four Seasons’ interior was granted landmark status in 1989, the Picasso in question was left off the designation because it was owned separately and could therefore be moved. RFR didn’t respond to the website’s requests for comment. [DNAinfo]  – Hiten Samtani


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Aby Rosen and Meadow Partners' Jeffrey Kaplan with 95 Morton Street (Christopher Peterson CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons, Meadow Partners, RFR Realty)
Meadow pays Aby Rosen $288M for West Village office building
Meadow pays Aby Rosen $288M for West Village office building
From left: Official's Oren Alexander, Aby Rosen, Official's Tal Alexander, and 281 Park Avenue South (The Alexander Team, Getty Images, LoopNet, iStock)
Aby Rosen puts Church Missions House on market
Aby Rosen puts Church Missions House on market
Aby Rosen and the Gramercy Park Hotel (Getty Images, GACE Consulting Engineers)
Checkout time: Aby Rosen booted from Gramercy Park Hotel
Checkout time: Aby Rosen booted from Gramercy Park Hotel
Aby Rosen and Jay Penske in front of 475 Fifth Avenue (LoopNet, Getty Images, iStock/Photo Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)
Aby Rosen teams up with Rolling Stone publisher on $290M office deal
Aby Rosen teams up with Rolling Stone publisher on $290M office deal
Vanke US managing director Kai-yan Lee, RFR’s Aby Rosen and 100 East 53rd Street (Vanke US, Getty, M18 Public Relations)
With Aby Rosen out, Chinese developer slashes Midtown condo prices
With Aby Rosen out, Chinese developer slashes Midtown condo prices
Michael Fuchs and Alvina Collardeau circa 2011 (iStock, Getty Images, Illustration by Kevin Cifuentes for The Real Deal)
Chrysler building owner Michael Fuchs in messy legal drama with ex
Chrysler building owner Michael Fuchs in messy legal drama with ex
Aby Rosen dodges liability at Gramercy Park Hotel
Aby Rosen dodges liability at Gramercy Park Hotel
Aby Rosen dodges liability at Gramercy Park Hotel
Dr. Samantha Boardman. Inset: Aby Rosen (Getty, iStock)
Aby Rosen’s wife: “Huge amount of dread” about return to offices
Aby Rosen’s wife: “Huge amount of dread” about return to offices
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...