Jean-Michel BasquiatThe graphic expression
of rage

An insight into recurrent themes
of the artist’ work

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Untitled, 1985, Mugrabi Collection
© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat by SIAE 2016

 

MUDEC in Milan presents Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the leading figures on the American and world art scene in the 1980s and one of the best-known artists of our time. Curated by Jeffrey Deitch, a friend of the artist as well as critic, curator and former director of the MOCA in Los Angeles, and by Gianni Mercurio, curator and writer, the exhibition displays over 100 works, characterized by the use of humble materials and by their unmistakeable graphic expression of rage, that cover Basquiat’s artistic production from 1980 to 1987.
The show aims to offer visitors insight into some important recurrent aspects of Basquiat’s work such as his African-American roots, jazz music, his yearning for fame and acknowledgement, and the human fragility that emerges in many of his self-portraits.

 

“[…] HE WAS AN ARTIST – UNIQUE IN HIS TIME – WHO MELDED
THE ALL-CONSUMING ENERGY OF NEW YORK WITH HIS ORIGINS SCARRED BY
SLAVERY AND DIASPORA.”

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Untitled (Yellow Tar and Feathers), 1982, Mugrabi Collection
© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat by SIAE 2016