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Intelligencer: April 18–25

The Guggenheim in the Catskills, Trump wants to help the UN, internships auctioned for charity, and more.

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Guggenheim in the Catskills
For sale: a private museum full of dead flies.
Just in time for summer, the Guggenheim is close to buying a vacation home upstate. In 2001, artist Richard Prince purchased a prefab ranch house in the Catskills that had been abandoned for a decade. He called it Second House and turned it into a private museum filled with his sculptures and paintings and preserved detritus. The house has been open to the public by appointment since September through Prince’s dealer, Barbara Gladstone. “It’s pretty definite, but I can’t comment,” Prince says of the sale. “Let’s just say it’s in contract.” The Guggenheim declined to comment. If the museum is indeed the new owner of the house and its contents, it must agree to certain conditions: “You can’t take one of the pieces out of the house and sell it. You can’t re-hang. Basically, you can’t really change it,” says the artist. On the upside, that means minimal maintenance (no mowing the lawn or moving the 1973 Dodge Barracuda). “The biggest problem is the dead flies—they’re everywhere,” says Prince. “I just hope they don’t freak out and say, ‘You never told us about the flies.’”
—Karen Rosenberg


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