Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, 1982. Photo: Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Brant Foundation to Open Exhibition Space in Manhattan

The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut, announced today that it will open a new space in New York City’s East Village in March 2019. Located at 421 East Sixth Street, the venue will occupy a century-old building originally designed as a substation for the energy company Consolidated Edison and which later served as the home and studio of artist Walter De Maria from the mid-1980s until his death in 2013. The foundation has tapped the New York firm Gluckman Tang Architects to renovate the structure, which will boast of 7,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Brant, a manufacturing executive, publisher, and entrepreneur, heads Brant Publications, Inc., the company which produces Interview—the publication started by Andy Warhol in 1989 and which recently relaunched despite filing for bankruptcy earlier this year—as well as other print titles, including Artnews and Art in America. He is also a collector who has sought out and acquired work by Jean-Michel Basquiat since the 1980s. A selection of his holdings of the artist’s works, in addition to pieces from museums and private collections, will inaugurate the space.

“Basquiat has been a cornerstone of the East Village art scene for decades, and to bring his work back to the neighborhood that inspired it is a great privilege,” says Brant. “Our family is thrilled to launch the Brant Foundation’s New York space with an artist who is central to the collection, and above all to share his legacy with the community that was fundamental in shaping it.”

The exhibition is being organized in collaboration with the Fondation Louis Vuitton and curated by Brant and Dieter Buchhart.

The Brant Foundation also runs an Art Study Center, designed by Richard Gluckman, which aims to promote education and appreciation of contemporary art and design by making works available to institutions and individuals for research purposes. The Connecticut institution launched in 2009 and presents two long-term exhibitions each year.