Have you ever liked the idea of owning a little piece of art history? – spending time where the Abstract Expressionists used to hang their hats?, and argue around the kitchen table?
Well, Jackson Pollock’s former Greenwich Village apartment is up for sale for a mere $1.25 million. The property is 800-square-foot of penthouse – perfect for laying out your canvases and drip/pouring some paint – located at 46 Carmine Street, which the artist shared, often turbulently, with his wife, and prominent artist, fellow ‘Abstractee’ Lee Krasner.
The property is a mere stones throw away from the historic Cedar Tavern, where – if you wish – you could continue with your art historical fantasy – as the tavern was also a famous haunt of Pollock and crew.
According to Luis Ortiz, the Douglas Elliman broker involved with the apartment sale: “For Jackson Pollock, 46 was a magical number,” Ortiz told artnet News. One interpretation, he said, was connected with hermaphroditism. The subject is reported to have influenced the artist’s 1942 figurative paintings such as ‘Male and Female’.
In addition Pollock lived at 46 East 8th Street, first with his brother Sande, and later also with Lee Krasner; so it would seem that the number held some sort of interest for the artist. It may not have really been ‘magical’ for Pollock; but we are sure the broker is hoping it will be for any buyer aspiring to the heights of Greenwich Village fashion, and NY art old-school cool.
The property was originally on rental for something in the range of $5,600–5,700 per month, after it was taken off sale for a reported $1.4 million by the owner. perhaps this prime West Village property could fulfil someone’s art fantasy as a great dinner party talking point; yet the apartment is unlikely to be bought by any ‘up & coming’ NY artists hoping for a little nostalgia, and maybe acquiring a bit of luck from the property – even Pollock wouldn’t have been able to afford it in his early days.