The Family of Jean-Michel Basquiat are presenting never seen before work of his in a new exhibition. Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure features more than 200 obscure paintings, drawings, presentations and artifacts from the late artist whose vision still influences pop culture. The show opens in Spring 2022 at the landmark Starrett-Lehigh Building in New York City. Basquiat’s sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux who run The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat and their stepmother Nora Fitzpatrick conceptualized the show. Lisane remarked about the show in a statement: “We wanted to bring his work and personality forward, in a way only his family can, for people to immerse themselves in we want this to be a multi-dimensional celebration of Jean-Michel’s life.”
Jean-Michel Basquiat became a New York City art star in the ’80s when his Neo-expressionist paintings started to dazzle and inform the scene. He sold his first painting to Debbie Harry of the rock group Blondie and became known in the art world by the time he was 21. His work was influenced by his Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage as well as the city. He started out as a graffiti artist under the name of SAMO who was written about in High Times. Thirty-two years after his death his influence is still felt and talked about in music, fashion and art. In 2017, his 1982 Untitled painting sold for $110.5 million making it one of the most expensive artworks ever sold.
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