Manhattan Real Estate Holdings

Door: Hans Haacke. Volledige titel: “Shapolsky et al. Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real‑Time Social System, as of May 1, 1971”.

“In 1971, he undertook to map out the holdings of prolific real estate investor Harry J. Shapolsky, who at the peak of his career had owned as many as 200 tenements in Harlem, the East Village, and the Lower East Side. Using public records, Haacke painstakingly unearthed the dozens of shell corporations that Shapolsky and his relatives had created to control properties around the city. Haacke then photographed each property and presented his findings—142 buildings in all—as gelatin silver prints, each accompanied by a dossier of facts: the building’s address, block and lot number, lot size, and building type. Below that was information on ownership: corporate entity, date of acquisition, cost of the mortgage, the names of which of Shapolsky’s associates were involved, and the assessed land value. (The idea of doing this for 142 buildings before the Internet makes my head spin.)”

Aldus Nevius op Curbed.com.