Jean-Michel Basquiat over the years has become a legendary figure within the course of art history. Collectors and historians alike both can agree that his works helped re-define an era that was filled with sociopolitical unrest. From 1980-1987, he filled numerous notebooks with poetry fragments, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and self-identity.
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, is an exhibit opening this week, April 3rd 2015 at The Brooklyn Museum. The show, which is being curated by Dieter Buchhart and former Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Tricia Laughlin Bloom, will feature over 160 unique pages from eight of Basquiats notebooks, along with several rarely seen large scale paintings and related paper works. The aim of the exhibition is to offer further insight into the mind of one of the twentieth-centuries greatest Neo-Expressionist artists.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibit. Support for this event is being provided by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation and Christie’s. If you find yourself in NYC, be sure to check out the exhibition which runs from April 3rd, 2015 – August 23, 2015.