Basel

Jean-Michel Basquiat, in Italian, 1983, acrylic, oil stick, marker, and assemblage on canvas, wood mounts, two panels, overall 88 5/8 x 80".

Jean-Michel Basquiat, in Italian, 1983, acrylic, oil stick, marker, and assemblage on canvas, wood mounts, two panels, overall 88 5/8 x 80".

Basel

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Fondation Beyeler
Baselstrasse 101
May 9–September 5, 2010

Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
July 19, 2013–January 30, 2011

Curated by Dieter Buchhart

Before he appeared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine in paint-splattered Armani, Jean-Michel Basquiat sold handmade postcards outside the Met and covered the walls of downtown Manhattan with his SAMO script. But in the years since his premature death in 1988, the numerous exhibitions of his work have privileged his later paintings over this early, more ephemeral output. The Beyeler is out to change all that, with a retrospective that emphasizes the art Basquiat made before 1983. More than one hundred drawings and paintings will take on the foundation’s serene Renzo Piano–designed lines, from dynamic language-based compositions in spray paint, crayon, paint stick, and Xerox to a rarely exhibited series of collages from 1979 and 1980—when Basquiat was still SAMO. Travels to the Musée d’Arte Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Oct. 15, 2010–Jan. 30, 2011.