If you were enticed by the Airbnb ad for the late Donald Judd’s renovated former home and studio in Soho, prepare to be bummed. The ad was quickly taken down, and an artist in Detroit named Tyler Taylor has spoken with ARTINFO to announce that it had been a prankish work of institutional critique. In any case, given the city’s recent crackdown on shady short-term sublets, the Judd Foundation’s (ostensible) asking price of $2,000 a night would have probably been offset by a $1-5,000 fine.
None of this is a tragedy. While the room had its perks (it featured a permanent florescent installation by Dan Flavin, and according to the ad, smoking was permitted), the idea of using Judd’s work for commercial decorative purposes is only vaguely fun, and not particularly novel; in the mid-1990s, architect John Pawson sought out Judd furniture and Judd-esque design for the Calvin Klein shop on Madison Avenue, which he said complemented the clothing on display.
Here are seven artists whose temporary lodgings would be way better.
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Hotel Marina Abramovic
Physically, this doesn’t have to be far from Chez Judd; exterior shots of the cast iron building in the HBO documentary Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present suggest that she lives nearby in Soho. What’s more, Abramovic already has ample practice in the extreme hospitality industry: during the Sundance Film Festival, she held a “silent party” in which guests walked around in white lab coats and ear muffs. The event was white bread compared to the fundraising gala she planned for LA MoCA, where everyone was served a slice of two red velvet cakes fashioned to resemble Abramovic and fellow performer Debbie Harry. Rumors of artist assistants being mistreated elicited a widely-publicized letter from choreographer Yvonne Rainer to the museum’s directors. Within earshot of an LA Times blogger, a guest repeatedly told one participant, “This isn’t art, this is stupid.”