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2 Sep 2023

NextImg:Legendary building where artist Basquiat once lived gets pink paint job — is Barbie behind this?

Did Barbie give a pink paint job to the one-time digs of legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat?

The mystery makeover at 57 Great Jones St. between the Bowery and Lafayette even included pink paint covering the memorial plaque marking Basquiat’s home, where he lived and worked from 1983 to his death in 1988.

The building — once owned by legendary pop artist Andy Warhol — has been leased by Angelina Jolie for commercial use for eight years.

The “Girl, Interrupted” star plans to transform it into a fashion hub called Atelier Jolie, “a place for creative people to collaborate with a skilled and diverse family of expert tailors, pattern makers and artisans.”

The actress, 48, announced her new venture’s home on Instagram in July, describing it as a workshop and exhibit space for “talented, underappreciated groups” of tailors to work together and display their creations. 

A Realtor for the building declined to comment on whether the Pepto-pink brushstrokes were authorized.

The Great Jones building leased by actress Angelina Jolie and the onetime digs of Jean-Michel Basquiat, has been given a mystery makeover.
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The memorial plaque painted pink

The pink paint job included a memorial plaque for one-time building tenant Jean-Michel Basquiat.
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The building in 2019

The Great Jones Building as it appeared in May 2019. The facade has served as a canvas for artists.
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Angelina Jolie signed an eight-year lease agreement for the Great Jones building.
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Basquiat lived and worked in the Great Jones building from 1983 to the time of his death in 1988.
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“She loved the facade of the building and it being tagged up with the street art as a memorial for Basquiat,” a Realtor for the building told Artnews in July. J

olie’s reps did not return messages.