Japanese collector Yusaku Maezawa is generous. He’s lending his Jean-Michel Basquiat’s landmark painting Untitled (1982) to several museums in the world (rather than keeping it hidden in his safe). The Brooklyn Museum is currently hosting this remarkably vibrant painting until 11 March.
One Basquiat is organised by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum.
Born and buried in Brooklyn, the exhibition is very symbolic, his mother enrolled him as a Junior Member of the Brooklyn Museum when he was 6 years old and the rest is history. This ferocious and expressive masterpiece was acquired by the Japanese entrepreneur for $110.5m. Next door, the museum has recently opened the V&A-conceived David Bowie Is exhibition celebrating the art of the late artist, actor, entrepreneur, painter and musician. David Bowie portrayed Basquiat’s friend Andy Warhol in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 classic Basquiat movie.
Image: Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960–1988). Untitled, 1982. Acrylic, spray paint, and oilstick on canvas, 721/8 x 681/8 in. (183.2 x 173 cm). Collection of Yusaku Maezawa. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York