02 July 2005

Exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat


Basquiat is a touring exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum and sponsored by JPMorgan Chase. It is on view at the Brooklyn Museum March 11 through June 5, 2005, and will then travel to the The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, from July 15 to October 9, 2005, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from November 18, 2005 to February 12, 2006.

This exhibition displays more than 100 works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose meteoric career coincided with the emergence of the hip-hop movement and who contributed to the revival of painting in the United States before his untimely death at the age of twenty-seven. A number of works in the exhibition have never been seen in the United States. The most comprehensive re-evaluation of the prolific artist's career since a 1992 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, this exhibition includes more than seventy paintings and fifty works on paper and is presented on two floors. This presentation celebrates Basquiat's extraordinary achievements—his skillful use of color, his aptitude at drawing, his unique and complex iconography, his integration of text and images, and his development of themes related to the African Diaspora.

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