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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Born, 1960 in Brooklyn. Died, 1988

From the press release issued by Gagosian Gallery, to publicise its major exhibition of paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat, February 7 - April 6 2013, at its 555 West 24th Street gallery:

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in New York City in 1960, where he died in 1988. 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.

Note: Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, not New York City.

One of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled paintings of 1981 was reproduced in Keith Piper’s Relocating the Remains catalogue, the main text of which was written by Kobena Mercer. The chapter in which Basquiat’s work appears is Anatomies of the Body Politic, Its Central Nervous System: 1991 - 1996.

Basquiat’s work was discussed and illustrated in Exiles, Diasporas & Strangers, one of four books in a series titled Annotating Art’s Histories, jointly published by The MIT Press, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts and iniva the Institute of International Visual Arts, London, published in 2008 and edited by Kobena Mercer. The chapter relating to Basquiat was Diaspora Aesthetics: Exploring the African Diaspora in the Works of Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence and Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Sieglinde Lemke.

On December 23, 2015, caa.reviews published a review by Betty J. Crouther of:

Franklin Sirmans, Robert Farris Thompson, and Robert O’Meally Basquiat and the Bayou Exh. cat. New York: Prestel, 2014. 112 pp.; 58 color ills. Cloth $34.95 (9783791354040)

Exhibition schedule: Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, October 25, 2014–January 25, 2015


On February 11, 2016, caa.reviews published a review written by Matthew Francis Rarey of:

Dieter Buchhart, ed. Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time Exh. cat. New York, London, and Toronto: Prestel, DelMonico Books, and Art Gallery of Ontario, 2015. 228 pp.; 150 color ills. Cloth $49.95 (978379135456)

Exhibition schedule: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, February 7–May 10, 2015; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, July 3–November 1, 2015


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