Angelina Jolie rents Jean-Michel Basquiat’s New York apartment
Jolie’s Latest Creative Venture, Atelier Jolie, Finds Home at 57 Great Jones Street. Atelier Jolie, Jolie’s new creative endeavor, has found a long-term commercial space at 57 Great Jones Street. The interior spans 6,600 square feet across three floors, providing ample room for Jolie’s artistic vision.
The building’s exterior is adorned with street art, serving as a public tribute to Basquiat, the renowned artist who began his career as part of the graffiti art duo, SAMO. Jolie plans to maintain the street art as a permanent homage.
“[Jolie] wanted to preserve the older art on [the building] and keep that Basquiat feel to the space,” said John Roesch from real estate agency Meridian Capital Group.
Basquiat rented the second-floor space from Warhol shortly after they first met. Warhol originally bought the building in 1970.
Prior to Warhol’s purchase, the property already had a rich history. Originally constructed in the 1860s, it was purchased by Paolo Antonio Vaccarelli—aka the gangster Paul Kelly—who opened the Brighton Athletic Club there in 1904. The building was subsequently used as a metal works business and kitchen supply company until 1970. Most recently, the property was home to the exclusive Japanese restaurant Bohemian.
Atelier Jolie will serve as a workshop opportunity for under-represented tailors and artisans around the world. Those participating will be able to work and showcase their creations at the 57 Great Jones Street location.
Jolie plans to open her new business “as quickly as possible,” according to John Roesch.