Renowned artist Hunt Slonem has ended his hunt for space by taking over an entire building from Hell’s Kitchen.
The painter, sculptor and printmaker is leasing the 37,000 square feet at 595 11th Avenue from Marin Management, the Commercial Observer reported. Slonem signed a five-year lease for the property, where the asking rent was between $52 and $55 per square foot.
The building’s previous tenant was creative marketing company Mother New York, which moved from Manhattan to Gowanus in 2020. Slonem is doing the opposite by moving out of Brooklyn’s Sunset Park.
Slonem was represented in the lease negotiations by Carri Lyon of Cushman & Wakefield, according to the Observer. Nick Berger of Newmark represented Marin.
Slonem, 70, intends to take advantage of the building’s creative advantages, including high ceilings, oversized windows, skylights and a central atrium. Slonem will be able to use the entire building to create his works, including the basement and the roof.
The artist is best known for his neo-expressionist paintings of butterflies, rabbits and tropical birds. Slonem has earned many accolades during his long career, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1991.
“The fact that he chose to move into this building from Brooklyn is a testament to Manhattan’s continued ability to attract creative tenants,” Berger said in a statement.
His works have been featured in famous venues including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney.
Slonem has several upcoming exhibitions in the tri-state area, including the National Arts Club solo exhibition in the city and the Samuel Owen Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut; the first begins on April 12 with an opening reception on April 20.
One question about the artist’s new space is what his pet policy is: Slonem writes on his website that he has 60 birds.
[CO] — HoldenWalter Warner