Friday, April 3, 2015

BROOKLYN: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat. Untitled (Crown), 1982. Acrylic, ink, and paper collage on paper, 20 x 29 in. (50.8 x 73.66 cm). Private collection, courtesy of Lio Malca. Copyright © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Image via

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks
April 3 – August 23, 2015

200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY

Excerpt from New York Times, published April 3, 2015:

Basquiat’s reputation never suffered the eclipse that befell some ’80s painters. His talent was too undeniable, his art too accessible and — for better and worse — his story, as a young, black, self-taught prodigy, too inspiring, despite its tragic end. Since his death at 27 from a drug overdose in 1988, his originality has only become clearer. Basquiat was a better artist than many of his peers. In addition, his genius brought a welcome alternative to the predominant whiteness of Western art history. His work speaks of blackness in proud, insistent, imaginative ways, touching repeatedly on the achievements of African-American culture and the ordeals of African-American life that are both part of the national psyche.

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