Jean Michel Basquiat : Artist

Jean Michel Basquiat : Artist

At Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, NYC Feb. 7th – April 6th, 2013

“A major exhibition featuring over fifty works from public and private collections”.

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.

The Kingdoms of the Artist

It rests on his shoulder
and drops beneath his eyes

It races through the undercurrent
and finds mystical persuasions
dripping from the fingertips

It harnesses the blood with the origin
the scent with the perspiration
follows in a stream of being
quicker than one blinking

There the artist lives abroad
and his soul is centered regal
and the majesty is offered
and we watch.

Aileen Muhammad, copyright 2013

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