Blood, Baseball, Basquiat! A newcomer with no academic training took New York by storm in the 1970s. The young man from the post-Punk underground scene in Lower Manhattan is today considered among the greats of 20th-century art: Jean-Michel Basquiat. Together with Al Diaz he left enigmatic graffiti statements on house walls under the pseudonym SAMO©, signed with his own blood, collaged baseball- and postcards, designed his own clothing, painted on doors, window frames and enormous canvases. His vibrant, raw imagery comes from his being very widely read, something evident in his entire work in large writing and text fragments.
More than 30 years after Basquiat’s last presentation in a public collection in Germany the SCHIRN is dedicating a major survey to the American artist in cooperation with the Barbican Art Gallery, London. For the first time it will also reveal the artist‘s relationship to music, text, film and television in a broader cultural context.
An exhibition in cooperation with the Barbican Art Gallery, London.