New ‘Day’ for Studio B as hot artist plans live-work space in notorious club

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Renowned artist Matthew Day Jackson is moving to Greenpoint — and taking over the former lair of the notorious nightclub Studio B.

Jackson, who has shown his striking sculptures and paintings in galleries all over the world including London’s esteemed Saatchi Gallery, quietly bought the two-story Banker Street building for a cool $2 million earlier this month.

He plans to convert the industrial space into a private live/work studio, the broker on the sale told Curbed on Wednesday.

The purchase no doubt puts at ease the minds of anxious neighbors, who have endured tabloid-worthy escapades of late-night revelers, including the deadly sins of urination, defecation and fornication during the wee hours.

The joint finally closed for good in June, 2009.

Other neighbors even recalled a “Girls Gone Wild”-style party in 2008 that led to photos of bare-breasted co-eds being shown at a memorable community board meeting.

But times appear to be changing on Banker Street.

The only nudity emanating from the former Studio B building these days will be in Jackson’s artwork — although he mostly works in wood, Formica, glass, concrete, and mother of pearl.

Jackson, whose just wrapped up solo shows at Peter Blum Soho and Peter Blum Chelsea galleries last month and is planning three new solo shows in Europe next year, figures to be a much quieter neighbor than the building’s former tenants.

“[I’m] interested in ‘me,’ ” he told Art in America in November. “I think to kill myself, or to make myself dead in my artwork is to leave the artist part behind, the artist as human. Because when I make art, I’m not even in the room.”

It sounds like Greenpoint residents will barely know he’s there.

Updated 5:22 pm, July 9, 2018
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girl on a stoop from greenpoint says:
The sound of his bad construction awakened us. Stop work order issued. Guess we noticed
Aug. 19, 2011, 2:02 am
greenpointer from greenpoint says:
As far as an artist I am not sure how I feel about his art!! But as the landlord or owner of the building he purchased under dxmaison I think the bricks from his bad construction company that fell in my yard as I was gardening from his attached wall of his supposed new art gallery was in distaste to the community he was trying to woo with his letter of such kindness... He is opening a drinking and dinning establishment in his supposed home which was listed on his permit of 259 banker St. in Brooklyn. Thanks for the bricks and the water that was thrown from the roof. Is it a new art sculpture or just plain disregard for tenants and homeowners attached to your new chic industrial space that is slab jammed in my yard... which is residential... See you at the next community meeting bring some art to show us. I will bring my bricks.
Aug. 19, 2011, 2:39 am

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