May 6, 4:30 PM–5:30 PM
“Jean-Michel Basquiat” is a retrospective exhibition featuring 70 works by Jean-Michel Basquiat dating from 1980-1987. It is the inaugural exhibition in the Brant Foundation’s New York City location on the Lower East Side. This stunning exhibition is SOLD OUT after garnering rave reviews from publications such as The New York Times.
Thanks to Franklin Street Works collegial relationship with the Brant Foundation, Art Engaged members will enjoy exclusive access to a private tour of “Jean-Michel Basquiat” on a “private day” reserved for arts professionals.
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With works gathered from collections around the world, the show positions Basquiat as an artist of “astonishing radicalness” who showed a prescience for our digital society by using cut-and-paste words and images with an immediacy that reflected the world. In The New York Times, reviewer Martha Schwendener expands on this immediacy, writing, “Basquiat was also part of a group of Neo-Expressionists that were largely rejected by critics interested in photography, video and conceptual art — but embraced by a popular audience and a surging art market, where he often felt treated like a faux-primitive genius, which he found racist and demeaning. And yet, this seemed to fuel his work — and the anger in it — toward greater heights, forging a brand of African-American history painting that addressed everything from cultural figures to black policemen.”