If These Walls Could Talk
The Chelsea Hotel had a long and storied life from the time it first opened its doors in 1884 as one of New York’s first cooperative apartment building. Artists, writers, designers, and celebrities of all sorts found and created a home within the walls of the bohemian establishment, which, at any given time, felt more like an artists’ community than a typical hotel. At its prime, the Chelsea had art hanging on every wall, on every floor, and on every landing; the lobby even had sculpture by Eugenie Gershoy, who was a resident in the 1960s, of a child on a swing hanging from the ceiling. Current resident, artist Philip Taaffe, has lived at the Chelsea since 1991. "Untitled," a mixed media on canvas work by Taaffe, will be offerd this May as part of The Stanley Bard Collection: A Life At The Chelsea.
But while some found inspiration, others found scandal, intrigue, respite, and on occasion, each other within the rooms of the 12-story building. Here are some of the more noteworthy room numbers from the iconic hotel:
Please join Freeman’s on May 16 for the sale of The Stanley Bard Collection: A Life At The Chelsea. Exhibition opens to the public on May 11.
To be offered 05/16//17: Philip Taaffe (American b. 1955) “Untitled”