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Haitian-American Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat New Exhibit: Basquiat at Gagosian Feb-April 2013

Since his untimely death in 1988, the art world has endured a maddening obsession with Haitian Puerto Rican-American Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat?. In the latest installment of all things SAMO-related, Gagosian Gallery‘s new exhibition examines over 50 works from the Haitian-American art star.

According to Gotham Magazine:

New York’s Gagosian Gallery presents a major Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit, opening this week in Chelsea. With more than 50 works being shown, the anticipated show takes the viewer through the late American artist’s influential career. During his 27-year life (Basqiat died in 1988), the Brooklyn-born artist broke cultural ground with his Neo-Expressionist visual style and various other passions, including music, poetry, politics, and history. This fusion set the stage for what was to come in the language of contemporary art.

Self-taught and charismatic, at age 15 Basquiat ran away from his Brooklyn family home and into New York’s underground art scene. He did some graffiti and started painting, often using found and scavenged materials. By the time of 1982’s Neo-Expressionist art boom, Basquiat was a hot commodity. In his early 20s he appeared, the bastion of downtown cool, on the cover of The New York Times Magazine.    Everything bled into and inspired everything else. For example, he had a band, collaborated with Andy Warhol, and appeared as a DJ in Blondie’s 1981 “Rapture” video—the first rap song to top the Billboard Hot 100 charts. (He also had an affair with Madonna.)  Dichotomies are prevalent in Basquiat’s work, and he’d often saunter around town sporting paint-splattered Armani suits. He was known to combine opposing aesthetic forces, always somehow finding the beauty of the tension between them: graffiti and fine art techniques, emotion and intellect, instinct and urban culture. Like jazz, much of his work is ignited with a sense of seemingly unrelated moments—words, images, and primitive symbols—suddenly and surprisingly coming together as a unified force with powerful, relevant new meaning.

This Gagosian exhibition marks the 30-year point since gallerist Larry Gagosian first showed Basquiat’s work. In 1992-93, the Whitney Museum of American Art did a posthumous Basquiat exhibition, and more recently, the Brooklyn Museum of Art showed a retrospective in 2005.

The Gagosian exhibit opens this Thursday, February 7 (6 p.m.) and runs through April 6. Mark your calendars. 555 West 24th St., 212-741-1111

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Press Preview Of Impressionist, Modern And Contemporary Artworks Ahead Of Their Auction At Sotheby's

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: A visitor stands in front of a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat entitled ‘Untitled,’ on January 31, 2013 in London, England. The piece makes up a selection of works by artists including Monet, Miro, Picasso and Richter and is estimated to sell for..
A gallery assistant poses with US artist
A gallery assistant poses with US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ‘Warrior’ at Sotheby’s auction house in central London on June 14, 2012. The piece has an estimated value of 500,000 – 700,000 GBP (777,000 – 1 million USD)
Press Preview Of Impressionist, Modern And Contemporary Artworks Ahead Of Their Auction At Sotheby's
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: A visitor stands in front of a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat entitled ‘Five Fish Species,’ on January 31, 2013 in London, England. The triptych painting is estimated to sell for between £4.25-6.25 Million GBP when it goes on sale at the ‘Contemporary…



People sit in front of a painting by US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat displayed on an exhibition stand during the 26th edition of the ‘Biennale des antiquaires’ (the antique dealers biennial fair) on September 13, 2012 at the Grand Palais in Paris.
Visitors walk past the painting
Visitors walk past the painting ‘Stoves’ (1985) by US artists Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat at the exhibition ‘Ménage à trois – Warhol, Basquiat, Clemente’ during a preview on February 9, 2012 at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 

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