March 12, 2019

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Jose Fresan

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Basquiat goes back to the East Village

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The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York; via The Brant Foundation; Charlie Rubin for The New York Times Basquiat returns to his East Village roots for his first solo show in the area in almost 37 years. And a lot has changed in the East Village and …

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The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York; via The Brant Foundation; Charlie Rubin for The New York Times

Basquiat returns to his East Village roots for his first solo show in the area in almost 37 years. And a lot has changed in the East Village and for Basquiat’s popularity in 37 years.

If you would have stumbled into a Basquiat’s show 37 years ago. It would probably would have been in gallery like Fun Gallery at 11th street, where Basquiat felt like home, and his art fitted the context of the area. However, three decades later, The Brant Foundation is hosting Basquiat’s solo show in their recently renovated fancy building at 421 East 6th Street. The show consists of an exhibit of 70 works, including pieces from private collections around the world, and it will be running from March 6th to May 15, 2019.

One can not help but wonder what would Jean think of his newest solo show, happening in a beautifully renovated multimillion-dollar building in his loved East Village, just across the street from Mitchell-Lama affordable housing projects. Basquiat was well known to be disconcerted by this kind of social contrasts and it appears that now they are even more evident than ever. Jean wether he’d like or not, has now crossed the street from the projects to the newest East Village jewel.

The access to the exhibition is with reservation only and it appears it’s been sold out, but you can always join the waitlist and wait for the best.

You can join the waitlist here.

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Photo: Tom Powel Imaging, Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Courtesy The Brant Foundation.
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Photo: Estate of Jean Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.
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St. Joe Louis Surrounded by Snakes (1982). Photo: Estate of Jean Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.
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Credit: The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York; via The Brant Foundation; Charlie Rubin for The New York Times

Take a look at Basquiat’s 1982 show at Fun Gallery