• 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

    Fondation Beyeler
    Baselstrasse 101
    May 9–September 5

    Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
    11 avenue du Président Wilson
    July 19–January 30

    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.

  • Dynastry

    Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
    11 avenue du Président Wilson
    July 19–September 5

    Curated by Fabrice Hergott and Marc-Olivier Wahler

    Calling on forty emerging artists with ties to France, the Palais de Tokyo and the neighboring Musée d’Art Moderne collaborate to create an exhibition in stereo: The curators have selected two related works by each artist, splitting the pairs between the main spaces of each institution. Expect previously unseen material by artists such as Benoît Maire and the collaborative team of Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni, all of whom have appeared in the Palais’s Module exhibitions, as well as new and recent work by a diverse selection of artists including American-born, Paris-based Oscar Tuazon, French-Algerian Mohamed Bourouissa, and Japanese-born Masahide Otani, who now lives and works in Paris. The Musée d’Art Moderne will publish the show’s catalogue, while the Palais de Tokyo will run a dedicated issue of its journal, Palais, featuring special contributions by the participants.