The New York City studio and apartment where Basquiat spent his last days is up for rent for $60,000 a month

The former New York studio and apartment, where Jean-Michel Basquiat lived and worked from 1983 until his death in 1988, has entered the rental market. The American artist rented the space at 57 Great Jones Street in the Bowery from his friend Andy Warhol.

The second floor, which Basquiat used as a studio, is described by the real estate agency Meridian Capital Group as an “open loft space with high ceilings and multiple skylights”. Built in the 1860s, the building is believed to have been used by mobster Paul Kelly as his headquarters in the early 1900s.

More recently, it housed the exclusive Japanese restaurant Bohemian. Although the listing has a “fully equipped dining area with ventilation and gas in place” and a dining room on the ground floor, all uses of the premises will be considered.

Former studio of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at 57 Great Jones Street from 1983 to 1988. Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images.

In 2016, the architectural conservation company Village Preservation, in partnership with Two Boots Pizza, installed a plaque commemorating the former resident of the property. It reads: “Basquiat’s paintings and other works challenged established notions of high and low art, race and class, while forging a visionary language that defied characterization.”

Basquiat may have started out as one half of the graffiti art duo SAMO, but some locals weren’t too happy to see that the building is currently adorned with contemporary street art, some as a tribute to the late artist, whose highly expressive works continue to dominate. the art market.

“It would be nice if building owners made an effort to remove graffiti before renting spaces,” read a comment on Sorrow EV, a news and lifestyle blog about the East Village. “And the cops did everything they could to prevent it in the first place.”

“Presumably [sic] you will no doubt be happy to know that they took your advice and that all of Basquiat’s original graffiti and paintings were removed by the corporate tenants who moved in after his death,” another anonymous poster replied. “If you want to live in a barren neighborhood, of course there’s always Hudson Yards…”

The 6,600 square foot space is available to anyone willing to pay $51,000 plus $9,000 in taxes each month, according to The daily beast.

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