GVSHP Basquiat Plaque Ceremony

July 20, 2016

Our partnership with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is part of our continuing effort to enrich and revitalize our neighborhoods. We are proud to present this plaque honoring an artist that we look up to and admire.

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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.

Last Wednesday, Two Boots and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation unveiled the plaque honoring the residence and studio of the legendary downtown artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Lannyl Stephens and Phil Hartman unveiling the historical plaque for the residence of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Directly across the street from owner Phil Hartman’s first restaurant, The Great Jones Cafe, the address was the home and work place for the artist from 1983 until the artist’s untimely death in 1988. Speaking at the event were Lannyl Stephens of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Two Boots owner Phil Hartman, Basquiat’s bandmate and friend Michael Holman, Poet Greg Masters, Ayanna Legros of the Basquiat: Still Fly @ 55 symposium, and Poet Chauvet Bishop.

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Gray bandmate Michael Holman

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Greg Masters reciting a poem about Basquiat

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Ayanna Legros of the Basquiat: Still Fly @ 55 symposium

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Poet Chauvet Bishop