ICI Founder Susan Sollins’s Artful Mad Square Park Apt On the Market
A piece of history from an art world pioneer.
The late Susan Sollins, founder of Independent Curators International and the acclaimed PBS series “Art 21,” was a tireless promoter of contemporary art. Now, a piece of her history—a sleek apartment in Manhattan’s fast-growing Madison Square Park neighborhood—is about to hit the market for a cool $5.3 million asking price.
According to a report in the New York Post, the 14th-floor apartment has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a home office, and 11.5-foot-tall ceilings. It also boasts views of “the nearby green space,” presumably a reference to Madison Square Park?
Other attractive amenities include a spa-like bathroom, an open chef’s kitchen, dual-zone wine storage and Brazilian walnut floors.
Sollins thought of the nonprofit ICI as “a museum without walls,” as the Post noted, producing traveling art exhibits and bringing avant-garde work to small cities and college towns across the country and overseas.
Sollins passed away in 2014 at the age of 75. A New York Times obituary described the Art 21 series as being “aimed at demystifying and popularizing contemporary art.”
According to the Times, Art 21:
presents artists discussing themselves and their work in an unmediated way. Ms. Sollins conducted the interviews from behind the camera but was never heard in the finished documentaries… Each one-hour segment is thematically framed by a one-word title suggesting some aspect of the artist’s experience: The drive to make art (romance, protest, paradox); the processes by which it is created (memory, secrets, fictions); the potential power of the finished product to change how others see the world (fantasy, compassion, transformation).
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