57 Great Jones Street is more than the former home and studio of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). It represents a mythical era of street art – an infamous downtown cool kids scene most of us never got to experience firsthand.
On July 13, as part of the historic plaque program, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) will unveil a plaque marking the site of Basquiat’s former home and studio – once owned by his friend and mentor, Andy Warhol.
The historic plaque unveiling ceremony (in partnership with Two Boots) aims to “celebrate and explore the invaluable work and local connections of this essential artist,” GVSHP said. The event will take place on July 13 at 6 pm, attendance is free but reservations are requested. The presentation will be followed by free pizza courtesy of local restaurant Two Boots.
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The buzz is Converse is dropping an Andy Warhol All Star Collection this January. There’s going to be a limited edition run of only 200 pairs sold within the US.
I’m excited …for now. But I know what’s coming, most of these Converses will end up in plexiglass boxes in collector’s houses. The only stores that will actually carry a pair, will be in Manhattan, NY. I will continue to dream of owning a pair only to be driven to Ebay where the disappointment will continue as the opening bid is a whopping $800.00 dollars or more.
All the other collaborations were just as thrilling; the Lichtenstein, Hirst. There was even a Nate Lowman collaboration; he had Converses cut from his actual canvas reinterpretations of abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning’s “Marilyn Monroe” (1954). I understood the $2500 price tag for those – I mean, it took 10 hours to construct each pair.
I just prefer the PR around these Converse artist collaborations to be a little more forthcoming. How about:
Converse will launch a new limited-edition series of sneakers, the Chuck Taylor All Star Andy Warhol, featuring a selection of beloved Warhol prints – Good Luck Getting a Pair.
The new Andy Warhol x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Collection kicks are for looking at and sighing; you will never actually wear a pair.
Converse…please just be like the Pop Shop and mass produce wearable art that people actually have a chance at owning.
That is all – my rant is over.
I bet a lot of these Andy Warhol Bugaboo strollers will start cropping up in the parks this summer – where the cool babies meet for even cooler play dates.
It’s not the first artist inspired baby accessory Bugaboo has put out, but the 1966 Velvet Underground album cover design is their latest collaboration with the Andy Warhol foundation and slickest one yet.