Studio B, the club-bar-venue on Banker Street in Greenpoint, has been sitting empty since it closed a year and a half ago. Yesterday Curbed reported that an artist had purchased the property and will be converting it into a live-work space, and today the Brooklyn Paper reveals the buyer’s identity: Matthew Day Jackson.
Jackson, who just had a big, glossy, and pretty enjoyable two-part exhibition at both the Chelsea and Soho locations of Peter Blum Gallery, which represents him, is 36, was born in California and earned his MFA from Rutgers. He bought the two-story, triangular-porticoed building for $2 million. His new neighbors must be happy that the former party space will have a more quiet occupant—although there seem to be a lot of buzz saws and such involved in the fabrication of pieces like his procession of astronauts “The Tomb” (2010, pictured below). He’ll be prepping three solo shows in Europe slated for next year, so the new Studio B won’t be completely quiet.