When Annina Nosei and Larry Gagosian shared a Loft together, Mary Boone showed Julian Schnabel’s first Solo Show in spacious open-plan factory floors – SoHo, the now hip neighborhood was quiet a different place back then and is the beginning of the story of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
By Hendrik Hansson @hendrikhansson
SoHo in the late 1970’s was very different to the hip neighborhood that it has turned into over the last 35 years. In those days it was a grimy, unfashionable, even dangerous industrial district, populated by carpenters, textile outlets, auto-repair shops and the blue-collar laborers that worked in the area’s assorted businesses. In the winter it was freezing cold and the ice and snow often remained unswept on the streets for weeks, summers were steaming and humid. Residential conveniences barely existed, apart from the odd deli or dive bars which were frequented by drug dealers and prostitutes.