The inaugural exhibition of the Brant Foundation New York’s space is of Jean-Michel Basquiat masterpieces. And it doesn’t disappoint. Running for three more days, this exhibition is a veritable tour de force which will remain one of the most significant shows of 2019.
Bringing together some of the artist’s most remarkable large-scale works including two of his most well-known head paintings, both Untitled from 1981 and 1982, the exhibition also features significant works such as Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, 1982, and Gold Griot (1984). The display spans the artist’s entire career and demonstrates Basquiat incremental and complex talent through a selection of works from the Brant collection alongside private and public collections’ loans.
Dr. Dieter Buchhart, who curated the iteration of the exhibition hosted at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, worked on this exhibition. “Basquiat took in everything he perceived with his five senses, from all around him. He collaged from his surroundings, from his everyday life. It is the appropriating of the everyday, the coincidental as well as the ostensibly significant that makes his art so unmistakable, so unique.”
Located at 421 East 6th Street, the space occupies a century-old building originally designed as a substation for Consolidated Edison. The building subsequently served as the home and studio of famed artist Walter De Maria from the mid-1980s until his death in 2013.
“Basquiat has been a cornerstone of the East Village art scene for decades, and to bring his work back to the neighborhood that inspired it is a great privilege,” Brant said.