Basquiat’s ‘Defacement’: The Untold Story opens at Guggenheim

 

 

 

Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart), 1983, NYC

Basquiat’s ‘Defacement’: The Untold Story is one of several exhibitions in New York City of late, focusing on the artists work, with this exhibit veering stunningly close to our current political climate, as Basquiat painted a bitterly similar story of race and relations between police and community. The Guggenheim chose to explore Basquiat’s role of cultural activism in the early 1980s, beginning with his painting, ‘The Death of Michael Stewart (1983), informally known as Defacement.

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