See How Homes Of Legendary Artists Have Transformed In NYC
Searching and succeeding in locking down a prime piece of New York real estate is equivalent to a nice round of IRL Hunger Games, but that doesn’t mean we can’t window shop and daydream of beautiful penthouses. Even cooler than a penthouse is Andy Warhol‘s former Upper East Side studio, which just popped up on the market. If you have the 10 million in the bank to buy it, then we’re obviously jealous–and we’d also like to request that you build a new version of Warhol’s creative/druggy epicenter, The Factory. But if you’re part of the majority who probably can’t buy the property, then you should stop by some other locales that once belonged to NYC’s greatest artistic icons.
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s studio is now an exclusive restaurant: Noho
Back when Basquiat lived in a cardboard box in Thompson Square Park, he probably wasn’t eating too well. But after he became an enormously successful wunderkind, hanging out with Warhol and various celebrities, Basquiat became a regular at expensive restaurants like Mr. Chow’s. And now you can be fancy too! Sort of.
Since his ’80s residency, the artist’s studio has been converted into a very exclusive restaurant called Bohemian. It’s supposed to have some delicious Japanese food, but don’t expect to get a reservation so quickly. It has an unlisted number, so you have to be referred by someone to make a call in the first place, and then you have to tell the hostess the first and last name and the date of somebody you know who had previously dined there. We assume that Basquiat would be able to get a table.
Robert Mapplethorpe’s studio is now a theater: Noho
Over near the Bowery, The Gene Frankel Theatre is now in place of where photographer/Patti Smith cohort Robert Mapplethorpe used to reside. Founded in 1949, the theater moved into the building in the ’90s, a few years after Mapplethorpe’s death. The property itself has always been a significant place for the arts: Robert De Niro’s mother, a painter and poet, once owned the building, and later on it went on to be a hot spot for 70’s jazz. Ugh, sad we missed this; we were definitely born in the wrong era.
Willem De Kooning’s studio is now an artists’ retreat: The Hamptons
Willem De Kooning’s old studio in East Hampton has an artist-in-residence program that brings together creative people of all mediums. Fun fact: the house is actually right across from the cemetery where Jackson Pollock is buried. In order to get in the residency program, you have to be chosen by a nominating committee. Butt if you get picked, then all the necessities are paid for: transportation, food, and studio.
Andy Warhol’s Factory is now a Petco: Union Square
Petco and Andy Warhol: two things that you’d never associate with each other in a million years. At least you can be sure that you’ll be able to get in, and maybe even get a cute new pet while you’re there. You can even name your furry friend after the denizens of the space: Warhol’s Superstars, various artists and creatives that starred in Warhol’s movies, helped him with his work, and party party partied. Get a depressed cat and call it Edie Sedgwick! Name a chirping birdie after Nico! The possibilities are truly endless.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s home is now a Marriott: Midtown East
Georgia O’Keeffe: one of the most important artists of the 20th century, great love of great photographer Alfred Stieglitz, painter of flower vaginas. While today she might be best known for her renderings of the desert in New Mexico (besides the flower vaginas), O’Keeffe began her remarkable career by painting the New York skyline from the Midtown home she shared with Stieglitz. It must have been amazing–back in the 1920s. Now, instead of housing the home of two legendary, massively influential artists, 525 Lexington Avenue houses a Marriott. At least it’s a nice one!
Photos via Artnews, Marriott, New Exile.
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