Brooklyn Museum Presenting ‘One Basquiat’

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988). Untitled, 1982.The Brooklyn Museum has announced the first museum exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Untitled” is set to show in the Museum’s Robert E. Blum Gallery from January 26 through March 11, 2018.

Created in 1982, a breakout year in Basquiat’s meteoric career, “Untitled” is emblematic of his early success and ranks among the artist’s most powerful paintings.

One Basquiat is just the latest of many links between the artist and the borough – from his birth at Brooklyn Hospital, to childhood visits to the Brooklyn Museum, where his mother enrolled him as a Junior Member when he was six years old, to the Museum’s retrospective Basquiat in 2005 and its critically acclaimed presentation Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks in 2015.

One Basquiat and surrounding public programming have been made possible by collector Yusaku Maezawa. Following a world tour, Untitled will eventually be housed in a museum that Mr. Maezawa is building in his hometown of Chiba, Japan.

One Basquiat is organized by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator of Contemporary Art.

The Museum’s celebrated education programs will be augmented during the seven-week presentation of “Untitled” with a number of Basquiat-specific offerings. In particular, an intensive series of school visits by children grades K-12 will be organized by museum educators and Education Fellows and accompanied by inquiry-based gallery lessons focused on developing observation and critical-thinking skills. One Basquiat will also be the centerpiece of the Museum’s programming around February’s annual observance of Black History Month.

“Untitled” features a bold, crowned, spectral head that hovers against a vibrant blue background. Basquiat’s skeletal and sometimes cartoonlike heads first emerged in 1981 in the large, well-known canvas “Untitled (Head)” and continued in both small works on paper and large compositions throughout his decade-long career. “Untitled” is considered the artist’s second painting of a monumental head, yet even in comparison to “Untitled (Head)” the ferocity and daring of “Untitled” stand out.

One Basquiat is a prelude to an upcoming series of spotlight presentations, each of which will feature a single work of art from the Museum’s encyclopedic collection.

The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway. For more information, visit their website.

Painting: Untitled, 1982, by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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