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Aaron I. Fleischman

Miami Beach; New York


Contemporary art; Modern art


After attorney Aaron I. Fleischman’s firm, Fleischman and Harding, was absorbed into a larger outfit in 2011, he started spending more time away from Washington, D.C., where he quickly became known as one of the capital’s top telecom lawyers. In 2016 he put on the market his $5.75 million home in the tony Kalorama neighborhood—where the Obama family moved post-presidency—and started to spend more time at the New York duplex he purchased in 2014 for $14.5 million, in the River House complex on 52nd Street. He also maintains a home in Miami Beach. That’s where the wall space is, and he’ll need it, as his collection is at such a level that he’s constantly lending to the National Gallery of Art.

In 2018, Fleischman endowed a modern and contemporary art curatorial position at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where is an honorary trustee. “The endowment of curatorial positions is one of the Museum’s top priorities,” Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, said in a statement. “With this gift, Mr. Fleischman will enable The Met to continue our momentum on presenting and studying art of the 20th and 21st centuries, and, importantly, he joins a group of donors who are ensuring the future of the institution through their thoughtful philanthropy.” 

The art program at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, which in the past 10 years has included exhibitions of Roy Lichtenstein, Franz West, Mark di Suvero, and Yayoi Kusama, was a project spearheaded by Fleischman and his partner, trustee Lin Lougheed. Fleischman has previously served on the board of the Whitney Museum in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.