Friday, May 1

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

"Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat filled numerous notebooks with poetry fragments, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history. The first major exhibition of the artist's notebooks, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings. A self-taught artist with encyclopedic and cross-cultural interests, Basquiat was influenced by comics, advertising, children's sketches, Pop art, hip-hop, politics, and everyday life. Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks emphasizes the distinct interplay of text and images in Basquiat’s art, providing unprecedented insight into the importance of writing in the artist’s process."
Brooklyn Museum
NT Times: The Unknown Notebooks of Jean-Michel Basquiat
NY Times: Review: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ‘Unknown Notebooks’ at the Brooklyn Museum
Basquiat's Rarely Seen Notebooks Open At The Brooklyn Museum
YouTube: Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at the BROOKLYN MUSEUM

2013 April: Saving Basquiat: Seeing the Art Through the Myth-Making at Gagosian, 2015 February: Now's the Time