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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self Portrait, 1984 Acrylic and oilstick on paper mounted on canvas, 38 ⅞ × 28 inches (98.7 × 71.1 cm)

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self Portrait, 1984

Acrylic and oilstick on paper mounted on canvas, 38 ⅞ × 28 inches (98.7 × 71.1 cm)

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Macho Camacho), 1982 Acrylic and oil stick on poster, 23 × 29 inches (58.4 × 73.7 cm)

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Macho Camacho), 1982

Acrylic and oil stick on poster, 23 × 29 inches (58.4 × 73.7 cm)

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1981 Acrylic, oil stick and pencil on canvas, 72 × 60 inches (182.9 × 152.4 cm)© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris, ARS, New York 2013

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1981

Acrylic, oil stick and pencil on canvas, 72 × 60 inches (182.9 × 152.4 cm)
© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris, ARS, New York 2013

About

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in 1960 in New York City, where he died in 1988. Born to a Haitian father and a Puerto-Rican mother, Basquiat left his family home in Brooklyn, New York at the age of fifteen and took to the streets. A voracious autodidact, he quickly became a denizen of the explosive and decadent New York underground scene—a noise musician who loved jazz, and a street poet who scrawled his sophisticated aphorisms in Magic Marker across the walls of downtown Manhattan, copyrighting them under the name SAMO. In 1981, he killed off this alter ego and began painting and drawing, first on salvaged materials then later on canvas and paper, and making bricolage with materials scavenged from the urban environment. From the outset he worked compulsively; his passion for words and music, his intense yet fluid energy, and the heterogeneous materials that he employed so freely imbued his work with urgency and excitement. He sold his first painting in 1981, and by 1982, spurred by the Neo-Expressionist art boom, his work was in great demand. In 1985, he was featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in connection with an article on the newly exuberant international art market. In that photograph, Basquiat is a vision of cool, sprawled in a chair in an elegant three-piece suit and tie, with bunched dreadlocks and bare feet, in front of a large, bold painting—a supernova in the making.

Charismatic image aside, Basquiat was a prodigious young talent, fusing drawing and painting with history and poetry to produce an unprecedented artistic language and content that bridged cultures and enunciated alternative histories. Combining materials and techniques with uninhibited yet knowing and precise intent, his paintings maintain a powerful tension between opposing aesthetic forces—expression and knowledge, control and spontaneity, savagery and wit, urbanity and primitivism—while providing acerbic commentary on the harsh realities of race, culture, and society.

Basquiat is represented in several prominent museum collections all over the world. Major solo exhibitions include “Jean-Michel Basquiat: Paintings 1981–1984,” Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (1984; traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, through 1985); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1992; traveled to the Menil Collection, Houston; the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Alabama, through 1994); “Basquiat,” Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (2005; traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, through 2006); Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland (2010; traveled to Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris); and “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” Brooklyn Museum, New York (2015). Basquiat starred in “Downtown 81,” a verité movie that was written by Glenn O’Brien, shot by Edo Bertoglio, and produced by Maripol in 1981, but not released until 2000.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now (London: Gagosian, 2020)

Book Launch

Visions of the Self
Rembrandt and Now

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:30–8:30pm
Kenwood House, London
www.english-heritage.org.uk

In the interest of public health, this event has been postponed until further notice.

Gagosian is pleased to host a drinks reception to celebrate the release of Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now, published on the occasion of the recent eponymous exhibition at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Organized in partnership with English Heritage, the exhibition places Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665) in dialogue with self-portraits by Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lucian Freud, and Pablo Picasso, as well as leading contemporary artists such as Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Prince, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel, among others. The catalogue includes an introduction by Wendy Monkhouse, senior curator at English Heritage, and a text by art historian David Freedberg. To attend the free event, RSVP to londonevents@gagosian.com. Space is limited.

Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now (London: Gagosian, 2020)

Chris Burden, How to Shrink L.A., 1999 © 2020 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Art Fair

Frieze Los Angeles 2020
How to Shrink L.A.

February 14–16, 2020, booth C06
Paramount Picture Studios, Los Angeles
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Gagosian is pleased to participate in Frieze Los Angeles 2020. Taking Los Angeles’s system of highways as a literal and figurative backdrop, the selection includes Richard Prince’s full-scale car sculpture Untitled (2008) and Chris Burden’s ominously oversize L.A.P.D. Uniform (1993). The booth also includes work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, Theaster Gates, Piero Golia, Alex Israel, Sally Mann, Adam McEwen, Cady Noland, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Taryn Simon, Robert Therrien, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works in the booth, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at frieze.com.

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Chris Burden, How to Shrink L.A., 1999 © 2020 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Tom Wesselmann, Sunset Nude with Wesselmann Still Life, 2004 © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by ARS/VAGA, New York

Art Fair

Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

December 5–8, 2019, booth D7
Miami Beach Convention Center
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 with modern and contemporary artworks by Richard Avedon, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, John Chamberlain, John Currin, Edmund de Waal, Rachel Feinstein, Urs Fischer, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellen Gallagher, Theaster Gates, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Simon Hantaï, Damien Hirst, Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Peter MarinoAdam McEwenJoan MitchellTakashi MurakamiAlbert OehlenSteven ParrinoPablo Picasso, Rudolf Polanszky, Richard PrinceSterling RubyEd RuschaRichard SerraRudolf StingelCy TwomblyAndy WarholMary WeatherfordTom WesselmannJonas WoodChristopher Wool, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at www.artbasel.com.

Download the full press release (PDF)

Tom Wesselmann, Sunset Nude with Wesselmann Still Life, 2004 © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by ARS/VAGA, New York

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Museum Exhibitions

Installation view, Third Dimension: Works from the Brant Foundation, Brant Foundation, New York, November 13, 2019–September 3, 2020. Artwork, front to back: © Urs Fischer, © Dan Flavin

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Third Dimension
Works from the Brant Foundation

November 13, 2019–September 3, 2020
Brant Foundation, New York
brantfoundation.org

Bringing together more than twenty artists integral to the Brant Foundation’s collection, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the multifaceted practices of artists whose work Peter M. Brant has collected over the past fifty years. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Urs Fischer, Mike Kelley, Adam McEwen, Richard Prince, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.

Installation view, Third Dimension: Works from the Brant Foundation, Brant Foundation, New York, November 13, 2019–September 3, 2020. Artwork, front to back: © Urs Fischer, © Dan Flavin

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Museum Security (Broadway Meltdown), 1983 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

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Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat
Crossing Lines

December 1, 2019–April 13, 2020
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
www.ngv.vic.gov.au

Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat changed the art world of the 1980s through their idiosyncratic imagery, radical ideas, and complex sociopolitical commentary, creating an indelible legacy that continues to influence contemporary visual and popular culture today. The exhibition surveys each artist’s tragically short yet prolific career through more than two hundred artworks, including works created in public spaces, painting, sculpture, objects, works on paper, photographs, and more.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Museum Security (Broadway Meltdown), 1983 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat, In Italian, 1983 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: courtesy the Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

March 6–May 15, 2019
Brant Foundation Art Study Center, New York
brantfoundation.org

To celebrate the inauguration of its new space in New York City, the Brant Foundation presents a solo exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat. This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Fondation Louis Vuitton, brings together Basquiat’s most important masterworks from the Brant Collection as well as those from international museums and private collections.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, In Italian, 1983 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: courtesy the Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1981 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

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Jean-Michel Basquiat – Egon Schiele

Through January 21, 2019 (Basquiat) and January 14, 2019 (Schiele)
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

Separate exhibitions of two painters—Egon Schiele (1890–1918) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988)—linked by their fascinating intensity and brief, meteoric lives are on view at the Fondation Louis Vuitton: together, the exhibitions present a total of 250 works selected from the two artists’ exceptional oeuvres. Schiele and Basquiat are major figures in twentieth-century art, each having created a body of work with rare impact and permanency in a very short period. The exhibitions underline the specific context behind the artists’ work, which was done during two very different periods in history.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1981 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

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