Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Buffing out the Basquiat plaque on Great Jones

As previously reported, someone rollered over the two-level space at 57 Great Jones St. with pink paint, even defacing the memorial plaque for onetime tenant Jean-Michel Basquiat, who lived and worked here from 1983 to the time of his death in 1988. 

The incident motivated EVG regular Lola Sáenz to clean up the plaque. She made some progress, though she realized it would need to be professionally buffed out. 

Today, photographer-artist Adrian Wilson (via @plannedalism) was able to restore the plaque and make it legible once more here between the Bowery and Lafayette... 
Earlier this summerAngelina Jolie announced a new venture, Atelier Jolie — "a creative collective for self-expression" — opening in November inside the space. 

Vogue dropped a feature on Jolie and her new project earlier today.


Lola Sáenz said...

It's easy to read and looks so clean! Thanks Adrian Wilson, Great job! EV Grieve Thanks so much for the follow up!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! You can find out more about this and all the Village Preservation plaques in our neighborhood here:

And come check out the unveiling of our next plaque, which will take place on October 26!

Ade said...

Thanks for doing the prep, Lola 🤝

Anonymous said...

I thought this pink artwork was wonderful, something akin to the Rauschenberg "White Paintings" (1951), considered some of the most radical and thought provoking expressions of what constitutes art in the 20th century. But I guess ultimately this 21st century statement didn't pass the "what is art" test.