Sotheby’s is presenting a major selling exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring over 30 works, the exhibition showcases several seminal pieces in a variety of mediums and from a range of important dates in the artist’s oeuvre.
The carefully curated grouping explores the key themes Basquiat grappled with during his career and the variety of media he used to express them. The exhibition opens at a pivotal moment of appreciation for both the artist’s career and market with major museum exhibitions and gallery shows presented and record prices achieved in recent years.
This exclusive selling exhibition will coincide with Sotheby’s Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary exhibitions, which open on 3 May 2013.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in New York City in 1960, and died in 1988 in the city of his birth. He worked with an intentional childishness that contrasted sharply with his catalog of intellectual, sociopolitical, anatomical, historical, and graphic influences. Friends, lovers, celebrities and unknowns, revealed him to be a singularly driven creative personality who could paint masterpieces in an hour. His famous friend and collaborator Andy Warhol became extreme jealous of his youth and ability.
Major exhibitions include “Jean-Michel Basquiat: Paintings 1981–1984,” Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (1984; traveled to Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, through 1985); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (1987, 1989); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1993; traveled to Menil Collection, Houston; Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; and Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Alabama, through 1994); “Basquiat,” Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (2005; traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, through 2006); and Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland (2010; traveled to Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris). Basquiat starred in “Downtown 81,” a verité movie that was written by Glenn O’Brien, shot by Edo Bertoglio, and produced by Maripol in 1981, but not released until 2000.
2 May – 9 June 2013 Sotheby’s New York