Before his untimely death in 1988, the iconic and revolutionary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat lived and worked in a loft at 57 Great Jones Street. To commemorate Basquiat and his contributions to Noho’s art scene, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and Two Boots Pizza have unveiled a plaque that marks the site of Baquiat’s former home, reports EV Grieve.
On June 13th, the plaque was unveiled in which it reads:
Jean Michel-Basquiat (1960-1988)
From 1983 to 1988 renowned artist Jean Michel-Basquiat lived and worked here, a former stable owned by friend and mentor Andy Warhol. Baquiat’s paintings and other work challenged established notions of high and low art, race and class, while forging a visionary language that defied characterization.
The high-luxury condos that are currently rising at One Great Jones Alley also boasts Basquiat’s legacy and communal ties into their marketing schematic. The "design gallery" on the building’s top floor proudly exhibits photos of Basquiat and Andy Warhol, inciting the neighborhood’s artistic past into its removed presence.
- A plaque now marks where Basquiat lived and worked on Great Jones Street [EV Grieve]
- A Plaque Dedicated to Jean-Michel Basquiat Unveiled Outside His Former NYC Home and Studio [Untapped Cities]
- Previewing the ‘Jewel Box’ Condos at Noho’s 1 Great Jones Alley [Curbed]