Basquiat x The Louis Vuitton Foundation
The hi-NRG retrospective in Paris weaves together hundreds of pulsating works by the celebrated paint-slinger.
In an era of frenetic social media, engrossing ADHD, internet neurosis, and endless artistic nugacity, there are few creatives whose work continues to resonate as forcefully as Jean-Michel Basquiat’s. A New York City iconoclast who went from art nomad to the most notable painter of his generation, Basquiat’s output seemed to adumbrate the ways pop art, media and identity politics would intersect.
A master blaster of cryptic code and surreal symbolism, Basquiat’s paintings are largely responsible for elevating graffiti artists into the realm of high art razzle-dazzle. His spray-painted crowns, abstract hieroglyphics and font-emblazoned pictographs referenced everything from his Haitian/Puerto Rican heritage, to political issues, pop-culture icons, jazz music and Biblical verse. Three decades after his tragic death, The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris has organized an ultra-slick and exotic showcase (pulled from private collections) of Basquiat’s most bangin’ works from the early eighties.
“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life,” said JM Basquiat. “The more I paint, the more I like everything,” gabbled the graphic virtuoso. Spanning four floors of the spiffily-curated, all gussied-up Frank Gehry-designed space, the art on display includes ‘Dos Cabezas’ (1982), synergies with washed-out big fish Andy Warhol, along with the ‘Heads’ trilogy (1981-82) which will be shown together for the first time, and a handful of rare works like ‘Untitled Boxer’ (1982), ‘Offensive Orange’ (1982) and ‘Obnoxious Liberals’ (1982).
Exploring the artist’s political commentary and enduring influence on contemporary fashion and street culture, the exhibition will run alongside a retrospective of works from an equally compelling and prolific artist, Egon Schiele (below), at the Fondation Louis Vuitton until January 14, 2019.
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