An Exhilarating New Basquiat Exhibit Is Opening In NYC This Spring

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An Exhilarating New Basquiat Exhibit Is Opening In NYC This Spring

The late, Brooklyn-born artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, will be celebrated this spring in an exhilarating new exhibit opening in NYC.

Though the world has seen both in-person and virtual exhibits of the artist’s work before, this will be the first exhibition presented by Jean-Michel’s family. The exhibition will officially open on April 9th, 2022.

“Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure” will feature over 200 rare and never-before-seen works. As an artistic and cultural icon, the exhibit will touch upon his remarkable work depicting “music, the Black experience, pop culture, Black American sports figures, literature, and other sources.”

Visitors will get the chance to explore his paintings, drawings, multimedia presentations, ephemera, and artifacts through immersive environments that shed light on the entanglement of his artistic endeavors and personal life “through the lens of his family.” You’ll even be able to step inside Basquiat’s art studio and the Palladium nightclub VIP area, the Michael Todd Room, with astounding recreations.

The exhibit’s title, “King Pleasure,” comes from a 1987 Basquiat painting title that was also “the name of a bebop-loving bartender turned jazz vocalist whose first hit, in 1952, “Moody’s Mood For Love,” catapulted him to fame.” Such a song was a beloved favorite of Jean-Michel’s father, Gerard Basquiat.

Sir David Adjaye OBE will lead the exhibit held in Manhattan’s Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea.

Jean-Michel’s family announced a ticket presale in celebration of what would have been Jean-Michel’s 61st birthday on December 22. Click here to subscribe with your email and get access to presale tickets when they launch.

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