A five-story town house in New Yorkâ€™s Greenwich Village neighborhood that was decorated by painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel has hit the market for the first time in 30 yearsâ€”with a price tag of $18.5 million. Roughly 6,600 square feet, the Italianate town house at 132 West 11th Street has been in the Schnabel family since the 1990s. Though the artist and his first wife, art collector Jacqueline Schnabel, did not reside thereâ€”they lived a few blocks awayâ€”the interior bears their work. A cavernous dining room is outfitted with baby-pink patent leather chairs, and a white carpet is offset with green and fuchsia paint. A bullâ€™s bleached skull emerges from the hearth of a fireplace in the home office.
â€œWhen you are there, you feel as if you are traveling on a boat down the Nile,â€ Lola Montes Schnabel, Julianâ€™s daughter,Â said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. â€œNatural light floods the house from every direction, as if bouncing off water.â€
According to the listing agent, Michael Bolla of Sothebyâ€™s International Realty, the house includes four bedrooms, four terraces, a light-filled art studio, library, and a 1,000-square-foot basement. Past visitors to the town house described an environment that embraced spontaneity. According to a 1994 profile in T Magazine, aÂ George Condo painting was once perched in the fireplace (â€œI put things where I can enjoy them, thatâ€™s all,â€ Jacqueline told the interviewer).
Although divorced, the duo worked together during the renovation. Julian laid the kitchen floor and made furniture, including the kitchen table and Jacquelineâ€™s rolled steel bed. They instructed the architects, David Piscuskas and Juergen Riehm of 1100 Architect, to restore the house to its 19th-century spaciousness. The architects, in turn, tore off the houseâ€™s rear and added a glass-bottomed terrace on the third floor.
Unfortunately for the new owners, the residence wonâ€™t come with Schnabelâ€™s art collection, which includes works by Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, and Francis Picabia (among many Schnabels, of course).
Take a tour of the house in the slideshow above.
Artist Hamlet Lavastida Released After Three Months of Imprisonment in Cuba
Artist Hamlet Lavastida, whose imprisonment in Cuba became a flashpoint for a burgeoning political movement seeking artistic freedom in the country, was released after three months of detainment this past weekend. His girlfriend, the writer and activist Katherine Bisquet, said that she and Lavastida had been exiled to Europe. Lavastida was arrested toward the end…
Artist Hamlet Lavastida, whose imprisonment in Cuba became a flashpoint for a burgeoning political movement seeking artistic freedom in the country, was released after three months of detainment this past weekend. His girlfriend, the writer and activist Katherine Bisquet, said that she and Lavastida had been exiled to Europe.
Lavastida was arrested toward the end of June after returning from a residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Cuban authorities accused him of “incitement to commit a crime” because he had stamped local currency with images related to San Isidro and 27N, two activist movements that seek to bring attention to crackdowns on artistic freedom in Cuba. After Lavastida was detained, Amnesty International named him a “prisoner of conscience.”
In his work, Lavastida has spoken critically of Cuban officials and attempted to represent abuses of power by linking the treatment of artists in the country to the political climate of Stalin-era Soviet Union. Speaking to Hypermedia in April, he called Cuba a “police state.”
Lavastida has been involved in the 27N movement, which grew out of a protest held on November 27, 2020. He is not the only artist affiliated with the movement to be detained, however. Tania Bruguera, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, and others have also been arrested by the Cuban police over the past year.
Activists have called for Lavastida’s release. Julie Trébault, the director of a PEN America–run program focused on “imperiled artists,” said in a statement, “The spurious charges imposed on Hamlet—which was arbitrary in every way and lacked any semblance of due process—is emblematic of the lengths to which the Cuban government will go to silence those who defy them, and the special cruelty they reserve for those who, through the power of art, can move others to resist as well. Hamlet has always put the broader cause of artistic freedom and free expression above his own plight.”
Bisquet said on Facebook that she was remaining hopeful for Lavastida and herself. “There is a strength to grow,” she said. “A force that builds up in us.”
Basquiat ‘Warrior’ Painting Could Fetch $19 M. at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong
As the global craze for works by Jean-Michel Basquiat continues, Sotheby’s will offer a painting from the artist’s “Warrior” series in Hong Kong this October. Untitled (Red Warrior), from 1982, will hit the auction block for the first time during a contemporary art evening auction on October 9. It is expected to sell for HKD…
As the global craze for works by Jean-Michel Basquiat continues, Sotheby’s will offer a painting from the artist’s “Warrior” series in Hong Kong this October. Untitled (Red Warrior), from 1982, will hit the auction block for the first time during a contemporary art evening auction on October 9. It is expected to sell for HKD 150 million–200 million (roughly $19.2 million–$25.7 million).
The six-and-a-half-foot-wide work depicts a muscular red figure wielding a sword. It is one of several “Warrior” works still held privately. Another “Warrior” work from the same period sold for HKD 323.6 million (or $41.7 million) at Christie’s Hong Kong in February.
Untitled (Red Warrior) was exhibited in a Basquiat show at New York’s Vrej Baghoomian Gallery in 1989, the year after the artist died. In 2004, the painting was featured in the exhibition “Picasso, Bacon & Basquiat” at Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York.
“Basquiat was the ultimate warrior, taking on the establishment and defiantly positioning himself at the center of his canvases and of the new order he single-handedly created,” Alex Branczik, chairman of modern and contemporary art of Sotheby’s Asia, said in a statement. “He is now a global phenomenon who captivates not only the world’s top collectors but also the collective imagination of our entire generation.”
Basquiat’s works from 1982, made when the artist was 22, are among the most-sought after ones by him. In May, Versus Medici (1982), depicting a black figure against scrawled phrases, sold at Sotheby’s for $50.8 million.
At next month’s Sotheby’s sale, Untitled (Red Warrior) will be auctioned alongside works by Joan Mitchell, Adrian Ghenie, Roy Lichtenstein, Nicolas Party, Amoako Boafo, and Loie Hollowell, as well as Chinese contemporary artists such as Liu Wei, Yue Minjun, and Zhang Xiaogang.
Dealer Vito Schnabel, Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk Launch NFT Platform
Dealer Vito Schanbel and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk have come together to create ArtOfficial, a new online auction platform that will feature NFTs by established artists. The platform, whose name is pronounced like the word “artificial,” launched on Friday with an auction of Francesco Clemente NFTs. Like other NFT enterprises, ArtOfficial will stage sales that sometimes…
Dealer Vito Schanbel and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk have come together to create ArtOfficial, a new online auction platform that will feature NFTs by established artists.
The platform, whose name is pronounced like the word “artificial,” launched on Friday with an auction of Francesco Clemente NFTs. Like other NFT enterprises, ArtOfficial will stage sales that sometimes come with added perks for buyers. In today’s auction, the buyer of Clemente’s Milarepa’s Dream (2021), an image of a heart pierced by a white flag, will be able to have their portrait painted by the artist within a year of purchase.
In the coming months, works by artists represented by Vito Schanbel’s gallery, such as Jordan Kerwick, Spencer Lewis, Robert Nava, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Julian Schnabel, and Gus Van Sant, will be available, along with a few artists not represented by the Gallery.
Vaynerchuk and Schanbel developed the idea for ArtOfficial less than a year ago. “Within 30 or 40 minutes it was very clear that there was potentially an opportunity to provide exceptional value for top contemporary artists,” Vaynerchuk said. “We could provide a really strong NFT strategy for artists who are navigating this incredible shift in consumer behavior.”
Schanbel said that ArtOfficial is a place where works are not just sold but created. Describing the platform as “an extension of my gallery,” he added, “It’s not just a sales platform.”
ArtOfficial aims to foster artists’ creation of NFTs, and it’s not alone in that regard. NFT platforms like Foundation, OpenSea, and others offer curated selections of work from established and rising artists. Schnabel said that ArtOfficial is different from these in that it is “more selective than other platforms.”
ArtOfficial faces steep competition. In recent months, galleries like Pace have launched their own platforms with the aim of offering NFTs by the artists on their roster, while other enterprises like Christie’s are working with artists to create NFTs of their works. It is clear that more art world NFT platforms are coming, though whether the community that often dictates the value of these projects will come to embrace these enterprises remains to be seen.