Artists Jean-Michel Basquiat

    Untitled (Devil's Head), 1987
    Acrylic on canvas
    122 x 101.5 cm. (48 x 40 in.)

    Untitled, 1981
    Oil on canvas
    122 x 122 cm. (48 x 48 in.)

    20th Century Fox, 1984
    ink and colored pencil on paper
    12 x 7.3 cm. (4.8 x 2.85 in.)

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was a Brooklyn born artist, poet and musician, who transformed the Neo-expressionism movement, infusing it with contemporary themes of race, class struggle and youth culture. Initially receiving recognition for his graffiti under the collaborative moniker SAMO in Manhattan's Lower East Side, Basquiat went on to produce paintings that borrowed from street art, integrating text with images, spray paint with oil stick and utilising a broad array of collaged media.

Since his death in 1988, Basquiat's paintings have been widely exhibited in major retrospectives at Museums across America and Europe.

Selected Solo Exhibitions 

Barbican, London: ‘Boom for Real’

Kunstforum, Vienna: ‘Warhol/Basquiat’

Foundation Beyeler, Basel: ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat Retrospective’
(travelled to City Museum of Modern Art, Paris)

Fundacion Botin, Spain: ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat: To Repel Ghosts’
(travelled to Fondazione Memmo, Rome)

Fondazione La Triennale di Milano, Milan: ‘Jean Michel Basquiat Show’ 

Brooklyn Museum, New York: ‘Basquiat: The Unknown’
(travelled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The Museum of Fine Art, Houston)
Museo d’Arte Moderna, Lugano, Italy: ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat’

Foundation Dina-Vierny-Musee Maillol, Paris: ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat’

Serpentine Gallery, London: ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat’
(travelled to Palacio Episcopal de Megala, Spain)

Whitney Museum of American Arts, New York: 'Jean-Michel Basquiat’
(travelled to The Menile Collection, Houston and Des Moines Art Centre, Des Moines)

Further Reading

Marc Mayer, eds., Basquiat, exh. cat., Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York 2005.
Archille Bonito Oliva, Richard Marshall, Jeffrey Hoffeld, Bruno Bisofberger, Luciano Caprile and Luca Marenzi, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Skira, London 2005.
Leonhard Emmerling, Basquiat, Taschen, Cologne and London 2003.
Hilton Als, Andy Warhol – Jean-Michel Basquiat: Collaboration Paintings, exh. cat., Gagosian Gallery, New York 2002. 
Glenn O'Brien, New York Beat: Jean-Michel Basquiat in "Downtown 81”, Petit Grand Publishing, Tokyo 2001.
Jacob Baal-Teshuva, Henry Galdzahler, Jeffrey Deitch and A. R. Penck, Jean-Michel Basquiat, exh. cat., Kunsthaus, Vienna 1999.
Richard D. Marshall, Jean-Michel Basquiat, exh. cat., Serpentine Gallery, London 1996.
Richard Marshall, Jean-Michel, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 1992.
Kim Levin and David Ross, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, exh. cat., Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyongju Korea 1991.
Constance Lewallen, Jean-Michel Basquiat, exh. cat., University of California Art Museum, Berkley 1985.

Philip Faflick, “SAMO© Graffiti: Boosh-Wah or CIA?,” December, 1978.>span class="">
Rene Richard, “The Radiant Child,” Artforum, December 1981.
Suki Gablik, “Report from New York: The Graffiti Question,” Art in America, October 1982.
Keith Haring, “Remembering Basquiat,” Vogue, November 1988.
Roberta Smith, “Basquiat: Man for His Decade,” New York Times, October 1992.
Bell Hooks, “Altars of Sacrifice: Re-membering Basquiat,” Art in America, June 1993.
Jerry Saltz, “To Hell and Back,” The Village Voice, April 2005.

Public Collections

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.
Broad Art Museum, Santa Monica.
Brooklyn Museum, New York.
Daros Collection, Zurich.
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice.
Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain.
Metroplitan Museum of Art, New York.
Musee d’Art Contemporain, Marseilles, France.
Musée du Luxembourg, Paris.
Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Museum of Fine Art, Boston.
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.