09.01.2016 | posted 1 year, 2 months ago
Soho's Art Hall Of Fame
Although they’ve left us, the sprits of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat can be felt all over New York City. Grab a coffee and take a tour of historical spots where these icons lived, worked and hung out.
Andy Warhol’s Factories
From 1962 to 1984, “The Factory,” Andy Warhol’s famous studio was actually in three separate locations. The first was in Midtown, on the 5th floor of 231 East 47th Street. Warhol rented the space for $100 per year, and it was known as the Silver Factory since as the walls were covered in silver foil. When the building was slated to be torn down, Warhol moved his artsy family to Union Square to the Decker Building at 33 Union Square West. In 1973, Warhol moved just across the square to 860 Broadway. These three locations were the epicenter of downtown art in Warhol’s days, serving as not only a place for his legendary parties, but also where he and his assistants made most of his iconic artwork.
Bowery Wall Mural
First painted in the 70s by Keith Haring, the Bowery Wall carries on the tradition of outdoor art since 1984. Owned by Goldman Properties, the wall is used to present the top contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist is invited to create a site-specific mural that rotates every four months. Rumor has it that the original Haring piece still exists, hidden behind the current wall. The next artist to be featured in the summer of 2016 is photorealist stencil artist Logan Hicks. East Houston Street at the Bowery; goldmanproperties.com
Keith Haring, Once Upon a Time, LGBT Community Center
In 1988, Keith Haring was asked by the LGBT Center’s curator Rick Barnett to create a site-specific permanent work to be enjoyed by the center to pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Located in the men’s restroom, Haring’s mural reflects on the time in New York before AIDs ran rampant on the city’s gay population. 208 West 13th Street, between Greenwich & 7th Avenues; gaycenter.org.
Keith Haring, Carmine Street Mural
Always giving back to the community, Haring created this mural for the Carmine Street Pool in the summer in 1987. Catering toward the crowd of neighborhood kids, the mural is more playful than his others, featuring fish, mermaids and dolphins. You don’t need a pool pass to enjoy this mural – the massive piece is perfectly visible from the street. 1 Clarkson Street, between Varick & Hudson Streets; haring.org
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Studio and Apartment
This is where it all happened. Basquiat lived, worked, and sadly died in a loft in this building, which was owned by Andy Warhol. It was here that the young artist made the paintings that gallerists Annna Nosei, Larry Gagosian and Mary Boone clamored to help make him the art star and legend we know today. 57 Great Jones Street, between Lafayette Street & the Bowery
Everyone who became someone hung out at Tribeca’s Mudd Club from 1978 until 1983. The loft itself was owned by artist Ross Bleckner, the fourth floor was a gallery curated by Keith Haring, and it epitomized the polar opposite of the glitz and glamour of Studio 54. With the influx of downtown celebs like Basquiat, Madonna (when they were dating), Debbie Harry, Klaus Nomi, David Byrne, Ginsberg, Burroughs and of course Andy Warhol, the club morphed into an elitist spot with a strict door policy. Although it is long gone, a plaque commemorates the downtown hotspot. 77 White Street, between Lafayette Street & Broadway
Words by Lori Zimmer