A “starving artist” and his super-spacious Chelsea loft

The artist is present — inside his ginormous 5,500-square-foot digs. Back in 1974, abstract painter Tom Levine moved from Cincinnati into a 1,500-square-foot loft on Greene Street, for which he paid $165 a month. Eventually, he and his neighbors bought the building, and Levine — an avid collector of African masks, Chinese cricket cages and works by Jasper Johns — lived there for decades, before selling his pad in 2002 for a premium price. The windfall enabled him to purchase a massive, $2.7 million floor-through loft in Chelsea, which today boasts an incredible art collection and a warm, raw aesthetic. The New York Times has a the story here.

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