The Chelsea Hotel was an institution defined by the extraordinary lives of the countless legendary residents it housed over its colorful 135-year history. The hotel was home to a revolving door of guests – gritty and sophisticated, talented and wealthy – that included musicians, immigrants, poets, heiresses and artists alike. Their lives are inextricably linked with the hotel’s mythic history and their stories haunt its halls.
More than any other individual, Stanley Bard, fifty-year manager of the hotel, can be credited with curating the residents, whose diversity defined the now legendary institution in the second half of the 20th century. Included amongst the famous figures who frequented or lived at the Chelsea were artists Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Larry Rivers, Mark Rothko, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Christo, musicians Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Patti Smith, and authors Arthur C. Clarke and Arthur Miller, amongst others.
Stanley Bard admired and respected the artists and writers frequenting and living at the Chelsea, and he especially appreciated their work. Freeman’s is honored to present in a single owner sale on May 16 nearly 100 works of art, lovingly acquired personally by Stanley Bard from various artists associated with the hotel. They include paintings by Tom Wesselmann and Larry Rivers, sculpture by Barry Flanagan, works on paper by Christo and Philip Taaffe, as well as examples by Karel Appel, Sidney Nolan and many others. Relics of a bygone era at the Chelsea, each of these works speaks to the extraordinary stories of the Chelsea, as well as to the man who gathered, protected and nurtured the artists who helped define art, music, politics and culture of the 20th century. Freeman’s is honored to share these stories along with the singular role that Stanley Bard had in shaping them.
New York Exhibition
Rogue Space | Chelsea
508-526 West 26th Street, 9E-9F
May 2: 12pm -4pm
May 3 - 4: 10am -5pm
May 5: 10am - 3pm
1808 Chestnut Street
May 11 - 12: 10am - 5pm
May 13-14: 12pm - 5pm
May 15: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday, May 16 at 6pm at Freeman's
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