The Fondation invites you to go back on the exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat, presented by 3 October 2018 to 21 January 2019.
The exhibition covered Jean-Michel Basquiat’s whole career, from 1980 to 1988, focusing on 120 defining works. He is considered as one of the most significant painters of the 20th century.
At a young age, Jean-Michel Basquiat left school and made his first studio in the streets of New York. Very quickly, his painting achieved great success, which the artist both sought out and felt subjected to. His work refers back to the eruption of modernity, that of the expressionists, but his filiations are numerous. The acuteness of his gaze, his visits to museums, and the reading of a number of books gave him a real sense of culture. Yet his gaze was directed: the absence of black artists being painfully evident, the artist imposed the need to depict African American culture and revolts in equal measure in his work. Basquiat’s death in 1988 interrupted a very prolific body of work, carried out in under a decade, with over one thousand paintings and even more drawings.
Chief Curator: Suzanne Pagé
Curator: Dieter Buchhart in collaboration with Anna Karina Hofbauer and assisted by Lexie Jordan
Associate curator for the Paris exhibition: Olivier Michelon assisted by Camila Souyri
Artwork Credit : © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat Licensed by Artestar, New York
Crédit : © Fondation Louis Vuitton – 2019, réal. Alyssa Verbizh