Typically, artists don’t just have a level of taste and curiosity, they also possess what your average homeowner does not: vision and a sense of adventure. From Mariko Mori’s all-white apartment in Tokyo to Frida Kahlo’s “Blue House” in Mexico City to Mary Heilmann’s home in Bridgehampton, New York, that was originally constructed from a Sears and Roebuck kit, here are 25 very special artists’ abodes.
Rauschenberg described Captiva Island on the west coast of Florida, where he lived and worked for almost 40 years, as “the source and reserve of my energies.” A nearby property across 20 acres (for which he bought out several neighbors) now offers residency programs for emerging artists and chefs, and Rauschenberg’s original home had a 12-foot-by-35-foot long pantry because the artist was swimming in pots and pans.
In 2018, the artist, known for his depictions of animals, purchased the historic 1802 West Village townhouse of Aaron Burr, who famously killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. The home boasts two bedrooms and four fireplaces, but did not come with tickets to the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical.
In 2018, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers bought this compound from the Los Angeles–based artist. It features two homes: one designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1952 for his secretary and another, a seven-sided UFO-like structure from 2009, designed by Michael Maltzan.
This French-American artist lived for almost 50 years in a 19th-century brick row house in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, at 347 West 20th Street. Although no longer open to the public for tours, it remains as it looked when it was her residence, meaning Bourgeois’s clothes still hang in the closet.
The artist, who died in October of this year, lived and worked between three lofts in a building on the Bowery that served, in the late 1880s, as the home of Manhattan’s first YMCA. Giorno’s austere bedroom was affectionately referred to as “the Bunker” because it had no windows and once was inhabited by the Beat writer William S. Burroughs.
In addition to a stunning house he shared with the late John Giorno in Mattituck, New York, the Swiss artist converted an abandoned 15,500-square-foot Baptist church in Harlem into a home and studio. A dining area features an Italian ceramic zebra, as well as nearly floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows.
The Cuban artist’s 7,000-square-foot home in Mérida, Mexico, boasts 20-foot-high ceilings, tiled floors that resemble paintings, and a lush garden with banana and mango trees, cacti, chili bushes, and birds-of-paradise.
This quaint home and barn in Bridgehampton, New York, which features an organic garden tended by the artist and her neighbors, was originally crafted from a kit purchased in the 1920s from the Sears and Roebuck catalog.
The German artist’s 200-acre compound in the Barjac area of southern France must be seen to be believed. It includes a stone house that was previously a silk factory as well as a greenhouse containing a 12-foot battleship.
The Swiss sculptor and painter may reside half the year in Beijing but he has described his mountain home in Sent, Switzerland, which features a steel bridge with a “door to nowhere,” as a “dreamscape for adults.”
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner
No cultural visit to the Hamptons is complete without dropping by the very modest home shared by these late American artists, considered a preserved National Historic Landmark. You need to wear special padded slippers for the tour.
With her weekend home in Springs, New York, the photographer has continued the tradition of maintaining this bucolic and forested area nestled between East Hampton and Amagansett as an artist community.
Most of the rooms in this house in Cadaqués, Spain—a series of huts that have since been converted to a museum—have windows of differing sizes and proportions in order to better view the Portlligat Bay. The surrealist painter lived and worked here from 1930 to 1982.
Pablo Picasso often painted through the night at Château of Vauvenargues when he moved there in 1959. Nestled in the foothills of Mont Sainte-Victoire in Provence, France, the area was often painted by Cézanne, whom Picasso worshipped. Occasionally the home is open to the public. Among the sights: the mural of a faun amid palm trees in the master bedroom’s en suite bath.
The Masters’ Houses, a group of four modular dwellings in Dessau, Germany, were completed in 1926 using a prefab construction. Among the dwellers were László Moholy-Nagy, Lyonel Feininger, Georg Muche, Oskar Schlemmer, Wassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee.
A one-night visit by the Wisconsin-born painter to this dude ranch in Taos, New Mexico, turned into an entire summer’s stay, which then turned into a longtime love affair with Ghost Ranch. She described Pedernal, to the south, as “my private mountain.”
The Mexican artist was born and raised in Casa Azul, aka the “Blue House,” so named for its cobalt-blue walls (with green doors). Eventually she shared it with her husband, Diego Rivera, and died there in 1954. Now it is a museum devoted to Kahlo’s memory and legacy.
Besides several homes in the United States, the Hotel Tivoli in upstate New York, a riad in Marrakech, Morocco, and the 11-cottage Golden Rock Inn in Nevis, the Mardens also have an idyllic getaway on the Greek island of Hydra overlooking the Saronic Gulf.
In 2015, this Japanese artist put her New York City duplex, featuring four fireplaces and two private garden terraces, on the market, but she still has an apartment in Tokyo that is special because it is all white. Mori has described the space as one that transcends “time and place so you don’t know where it is—it’s just another dimension.”
While his town house in SoHo is open to visitors by appointment, Judd is probably better known for his real estate in Marfa, Texas. Generally referred to as “The Block” and surrounded by two adobe walls, The Block includes two hangars for his art as a well as a two-story home (with separate, symmetrical structures) that was previously offices belonging to the U.S. Army’s logistics branch.
John Currin and Rachel Feinstein
The New York art couple live in a Gramercy Park town house designed by the Milan-based design firm Studio Peregalli.
When she moved to Pittsburgh, this American artist began creating art on her front porch after she ran out of space in the basement. Kids started stopping by, and German started making art with them. That led to this incarnation of the ARThouse, a brightly painted structure with tile and mirrors where the artist makes art with the community.
If Frida Kahlo has the Blue House, the New York figurative painter Alex Katz has the Yellow House, a 200-year-old farmhouse in Maine, where Katz and his wife, Ada, have summered since the 1950s. Originally, Katz used a stable attached to the home as his studio; now he paints in a structure he can walk to in the woods nearby.
Marilyn Minter’s art-filled contemporary home in Cold Spring, New York, has been likened to a “loft in the country.” A two-story structure called “the link” connects the home to her studio, though she only keeps other artists’ work in her home. Also, “The whole house is a trapezoid,” Minter has said. “No squares.”
Catherine King and Wayne Adams
All of us at some point wish we could escape to our own island; Adams, a sculptor, and King, a dancer, created a remote complex off Vancouver Island, Canada, which has its own lighthouse, a dance floor, and a greenhouse where they grow their own food.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest