Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a self-taught neo-expressionist painter who rose to prominence during the 1980s art boom in New York. The artist was born in Brooklyn in 1960, and during the late 1970s he began to make graffiti as well as small works on paper. In 1976, Basquiat met Andy Warhol, who was instrumental in exposing the younger artist’s work to curators, dealers, and critics. This allowed Basquiat to create the large-scale works on canvas—featuring abstract, figurative, and textual elements—for which he is best known. In 1980, he was included in the seminal “Times Square Show” and in 1981, the poet René Ricard wrote about his work in Artforum magazine. The artist exhibited widely and to great acclaim until his untimely death in 1988. Since then, his work was been celebrated with retrospective exhibitions at venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Menil Collection, Houston; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 1996, Basquiat’s life and work were commemorated in the eponymous film directed by his friend and fellow artist Julian Schnabel.

Selected Press

Prestige | Lévy Gorvy Exhibits Masterpieces by Pierre Soulages and Jean-Michel Basquiat

July 29, 2020

Lévy Gorvy Gallery’s latest exhibition provides a rare glimpse into art history with concurrent exhibitions …

Widewalls | Black Hero Figure - Revealing Basquiat’s 1982 Untitled Painting

July 25, 2020

This rare and exceptional painting is currently on view at Lévy Gorvy, inaugurating its new global …

Arts Intel Report | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Royalty, Heroism, and the Streets

July 22, 2020

This exhibition focuses on a painting from that year, Untitled. A self-portrait executed in electrifying …

ARTOMITY | Jean-Michel Basquiat at Lévy Gorvy Hong Kong

July 21, 2020

Lévy Gorvy inaugurated its new global initiative REVEAL, an ongoing series of single-work focus exhibitions …

Artnet China | 何其相似的历史:为何在当下展出这幅巴斯奎特?

July 16, 2020

今夏,厉为阁(Lévy Gorvy)将发起一项崭新全球项目:“识珍”(Reveal)。项目将通过聚焦单件杰作的展览,配合相关艺术和艺术家的公教项目,向世界各地的观众呈现佳作逸品。“识珍”首展——“让·米歇尔·巴斯奎特:王 …

Exibart | L’attualità di Jean-Michel Basquiat, in una Mostra a Hong Kong

July 13, 2020

Una Head di Jean-Michel Basquiat è il pezzo al centro di una mostra nella sede di Levy Gorvy a Hong …

Artsy | Why Basquiat’s Heads Are His Most Sought-After Works

July 9, 2020

The gallery is currently showing an untitled Basquiat head painting from 1982 through an online viewing …

The Art Newspaper | Done deals: what's selling in New York this week

May 2, 2018

Jean-Michel Basquiat's Extra Cigarette (1982) sold at TEFAF by Lévy Gorvy

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