A free to view Jean-Michel Basquiat show

Jean-Michel Basquiat paints in 1983 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Photo by Lee Jaffe/Getty Images)
Jean-Michel Basquiat paints in 1983 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Photo by Lee Jaffe/Getty Images)
Lee Jaffe/Getty Images
  • In 2019, The Brant Foundation in New York held a Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective show that ran for two months
  • During its 2019 run, the physical exhibition was only open to a select few.  
  • Now hosted in a virtual viewing room, the event is open for the public to view online.

The Brant Foundation looks to promote contemporary art and design education and appreciation by making privately owned works available to institutions for scholarly study and examination. This public access is achieved through their lending program where the foundation lends artwork to exhibiting venues. 

Curated by Dr. Dieter Buchhart in collaboration with Fondation Louis Vuitton, the show features some of Basquiat’s most well known works. These include Grillo (1984), Price of Gasoline in the Third World (1982) and self-portraits painted in the 1980s. 

In the exhibition write up, The Brant Foundation said: 

“Spanning the artist’s entire oeuvre, this exhibition illustrates Basquiat’s prolific yet brief career and broad range of subjects, especially his keen observations of his contemporary world, while giving insight into his politics, heroes, influences, and singularity of vision."

There have been numerous retrospectives to spotlight the artist’s approach to art. The shows have highlighted his contributions to music, poetry, performance art and visual art. Journalist and collector Peter Brant of the Brant Foundation went as far as referring to Basquiat as “one of the most forward-thinking” artists of his time because of his ability to complexly engage with the sociopolitical in a way that continues to be relevant today. 

To view the Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective for free, click here 

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