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Mixed media collage of Kanye West by Dustin Yellin

Dustin Yellin

Kanye West, 2010
Glass, collage, acrylic, and India ink

5 3/4h x 5 5/8w x 4d in

© Dustin Yellin; Photo by Argenis Apolinario; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

The artist Dustin Yellin likes big things. The jawbone of a sperm whale hangs in his studio. His most recent sculpture weighs more than 12 tons. And in June, he became the owner of the former Time Moving and Storage building, a 24,000-square-foot Civil War-era warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for which he paid $3.7 million.

Mr. Yellin’s plans for the space are bigger still.“My crazy dream is to create a kind of utopian art center here,” he said last month while standing in the building’s courtyard, where a glittering Airstream trailer sat amid newly planted fig and crabapple trees. Mr. Yellin’s vision includes a large-scale exhibition hall, an artists’ residency program, a sculpture garden and hosts of visitors for symposiums and public programs.

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