Artist foundation purchases former Portland museum property for $245K

PORTLAND — The repository of works by the New York City abstract artist Leo Rabkin has found a home at 13 Brown St. in Portland.

The Museum of African Art and Culture sold the 1,129-square-foot retail condo to the nonprofit Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation for $245,000. Sylas Hatch from NAI The Dunham Group and Cheri Bonawitz from KW Commercial brokered the sale, which closed July 15.

The building, in Portland’s Art District, is part of the Kimball Court Condominium Association and offers a central HVAC system, basement storage, private office, bathroom and 12-foot ceilings.

The foundation is administered by Dr. Susan Larsen, who met Leo Rabkin in 1972 when she was a graduate student and remained friends with both the artist and his wife, Dorothea.

“I had a family-like relationship with Dorothea and Leo Rabkin for many decades,” she said.

Larsen is a former curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New

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