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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mudec, through February 26, 2017

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mudec, through February 26, 2017

American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (1960-1988) creative career was short and bright. Having died at age 27 from a drug overdose, the deceased artist is seen as one of the most fascinating and contradictory figures in the art world. His life story was piercingly portrayed in the Julien Schnabel-directed film “Basquiat”. Befriended by Andy Warhol, the underground graffiti artist and musician became an internationally recognised star, and the first black person to have achieved such great success in the visual arts. He participated in the Venice Biennale, and was the youngest-ever artist to take part in the prestigious contemporary art exhibition documenta. Signature elements of Basquiat’s art are figures that have been inspired by comic books, skeletons, poetic slogans, and vibrant colours.

Foto: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mudec, through February 26, 2017
Jean-Michel Basquiat. The Field Next to the Other Road, 1981

This Basquiat retrospective at the the Mudec museum is a rare opportunity to see more than 100 of the artist’s works in one place – beginning with his first examples of graffiti in the New York subways, to the paintings that he made shortly before his death. The latter were the dawning of a new stage in Basquiat’s career, one that we, unfortunately, were unable to see develop to its full potential. Most of the works in this exhibition have been loaned by various private collections.

via Tortona 56
www.mudec.it

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