Peter Kraus started collecting art as a way to spend more time with his wife, Jill, whom he calls his “curator.” The result of all of that togetherness turned out to be an impressive collection of art. Much of it is displayed at Peter’s Wall Street office, but the couple doesn’t just keep their collection to themselves. They donated Christian Marclay’s 24-hour video installation, The Clock, to the Museum of Modern Art, where Jill is a trustee. Jill has also served as chairman of the board of the Public Art Fund since 2011.

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Jill and Peter Kraus

New York and Dutchess County, New York

Source of wealth:
Investment management

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

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Fun fact:

Peter Kraus has a flat-screen monitor in his office that plays Les Balayeurs du Desert, a 2003 video by Su-Mei Tse of a multitude of uniformed janitors sweeping sand in the desert. Kraus explained the work to the New York Post like this: “What’s the meaning of life? If you can get comfortable with that, you can get comfortable with anything.”