Take a personal look at the world and artistic process of Jean-Michel Basquiat this weekend in an in-depth new exhibition of his life and work, lovingly commissioned and curated by his family.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Pleasure King© (named after a 1987 painting by the artist and one of his father’s favorite songs) opens April 9 at the 15,000-square-foot Starrett Lehigh Building at 601 W26th Street (entrance at 11th Ave and W27th St) and features more than 200 previously unseen and rarely seen works by the great late Neo-Expressionist artist. The de Basquiat family, who manage their estate, will display paintings, drawings, artefacts and even recreations of the legendary Palladium nightclub (for which Basquiat created several paintings) and of the living space and studio of the artist Great Jones Street – all drawn from their personal life the compendium.
Lisane Basquiat, Jean-Michel’s sister, said in a statement: “It’s a way for us to collaborate as a community and fill the spaces with all of our perspectives on Jean-Michel and his impact on the world. world. It is a gift for our family and others to watch this personal account of who he was. We wanted to showcase his work and his personality, in a way that only we can, for people to immerse themselves in. We want it to be an experiential and multi-dimensional celebration of Jean-Michel’s life.
The exhibit was designed by Sir David Adjaye, a world renowned Ghanaian-American architect, known for his work on the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, with other work by Abbott Miller from design company Pentagram. Miller is known for his work with the Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum.
Divided into sections surrounding the definitive eras of the artist’s life and work, pleasure king starts with 1960 — Introduction, a series of self-portraits and an introduction to his family and heritage. In Kings Countyartifacts from his time in Puerto Rico as well as a recreation of Basquiat’s childhood home in Brooklyn illustrate the defining elements of Basquiat’s early life, including early drawings, sketchbooks, sculptures, home movies, newsletters information about his formative time at City-As-School and interviews with family members.
world famous covers Basquiat’s whirlwind journey to fame and showcases many of his paintings, while Ideal recreates 1983 at the artist’s NoHo studio, including not only drawings, paintings, and sketches, but also his furniture and personal effects, down to his signature bicycle parked in front of the “apartment” and an indoor television. interior showing the films of the day. Art Gallery features over 100 themed works by Basquiat, most of which come from his family’s personal collection and have never been seen before. There are also several paintings of the artist’s family by Basquiat’s contemporary Andy Warhol – only of Basquiat’s many bold-named friends and collaborators at the time, when he was frequently seen with Madonna, John Lurie, David Byrne and Debbie Harry (to whom he sold his first painting).
Palladium spotlights Basquiat’s work for the iconic NYC nightclub (now an NYU dorm…). A recreation of the club’s VIP area featuring 1985’s Nu-Nile and Untitled, as well as video and musical elements take visitors back to the heyday of the New Wave. The exhibition ends with Place Jean-Michel Basquiatwhich features his many posthumous awards and exhibits as well as oral histories and memorabilia from his close friends and family.
In addition to the exhibition, Rizzoli Electa will publish the accompanying book, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Pleasure King©. The retrospective was written by Jean-Michel’s sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux and his mother-in-law Nora Fitzpatrick.
Said sister Jeanine in a statement to Avenue Magazine: “There have been many exhibitions of Jean-Michel’s work, but never told from our point of view – Jean-Michel as a child, a man, a son and a brother. We wanted to showcase his work and personality, in a way that only we can, for people to immerse themselves in. We want it to be an experiential and multi-dimensional celebration of Jean-Michel’s life.
Tickets are available on kingpleasure.basquiat.com for the show. Tickets are cheaper Monday through Thursday than weekends. Adults are $35 ($42 weekends), $32 for seniors ($42 weekends), students and military, $30 for children ages 2-13 ($40 weekends). end) and there are $65 VIP deals if you want to skip the line.