Take a step into the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat as you look upon 200 never-before-seen and rarely-shown works of the late artist. The Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure Exhibition is truly a sight to behold as his family has carefully organized it to show how they remember Basquiat through family artifacts, personal video presentations, and his many brilliant works of art. 

Jean Michel Basquiat (Internet file photo)

Taking this walk-through experience, you’ll feel it’s one of both excitement and tragedy as you see the creation of an influential artist that was taken far too soon. This unique art exhibit is an intimate experience that is shared as a personal account through the lens of Basquiat’s sisters, Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux. The family carefully curated the exhibit to weave Basquiat’s artwork with the personal account they have of their late brother. 

The journey begins as you gaze upon a giant map of New York City at the time, with pinpoint locations that influenced Basquiat and a mix of Basquiat’s early works and personal family artifacts, including a handwritten birth announcement. Walking through the exhibit is an experience of Basquiat’s life, from his beginnings as a young artist to the unfortunate end of a brilliant young life. You get caught up in the world that the family recreated as you walk through the immersive recreations of his art studio and family home in Brooklyn. The portrait projections on the wall help bring the viewer into the memories of the family as they remember their early life.

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Born in 1960, Jean-Michel Basquiat was known for his neo-expressionism, graffiti, and street art. Basquiat quickly rose in fame and became the youngest artist to take part in a documentary in Kassel, Germany in 1982. He gave his art the voice of a cultural and social narrative, quickly making his artistic influence still widely relevant today.

The exhibition is an experience that is intimate and personal, creative, and immersive. With rare works, set recreations, and multimedia videos, this exhibition is different from the others. With only a few weeks left, it would be highly recommended that you see this amazing display before time runs out.

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