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Jean-Michel Basquiat

May 21–August 10, 2013
Hong Kong

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Works Exhibited

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self Portrait, 1984 Acrylic and oilstick on paper mounted on canvas, 38 ⅞ × 28 inches (98.7 × 71.1 cm)© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris, ARS, New York 2013

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self Portrait, 1984

Acrylic and oilstick on paper mounted on canvas, 38 ⅞ × 28 inches (98.7 × 71.1 cm)
© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris, ARS, New York 2013

About

I don't think about art while I work. I try to think about life.
—Jean-Michel Basquiat

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition in Hong Kong of paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat. An acclaimed exhibition at Gagosian New York earlier this year drew tens of thousands of visitors, attesting to Basquiat’s acute relevance twenty-five years after his untimely death.

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.

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尚-米榭‧巴斯奇亞 1960於生於紐約市,1988年在當地身故。他的主要展覽包括愛丁堡 Fruitmarket Gallery舉辦的「Jean-Michel Basquiat: Paintings 1981–1984」(1984年,其後 轉至倫敦當代藝術學院(Institute of Contemporary Arts),再於鹿特丹 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 巡展至1985年);漢諾威凱斯特納協會畫廊 (Kestnergesellschaft) (1987年及1989年);紐約惠特尼美國藝術博物館(Whitney Museum of American Art) (1993年,其後轉至休斯頓梅尼爾收藏博物館(Menil Collection)、愛荷華州狄蒙藝術中心 (Des Moines Art Center)及阿拉巴馬州蒙哥馬利美術館(Montgomery Museum of Fine Art) 巡展至1994年);紐約布魯克林美術館舉辦的「Basquiat」 (2005年,其後轉至洛杉磯 當代美術館(Museum of Contemporary Art)及休斯頓美術館(Museum of Fine Arts)巡展 至2006年);瑞士巴塞爾貝樂基金會(Fondation Beyeler) (2010年,並巡展至巴黎現代藝術 博物館(Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris));以及紐約高古軒畫廊(2013年)。 巴斯奇亞曾演出紀實電影《Downtown 81》,該片由Glenn O’Brien編劇,由Edo Bertoglio 攝像,由Maripol監製,雖然於1981年拍攝,但直至2000年才首映。