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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Al Diaz/SAMO @ Same Old Gallery ~57 Great Jones Street ~ Once Owned by Warhol & Studio of Basquiat

 

 

 

57 Great Jones Street, home/studio of Jean-Michel Basquiat and current exhibition of Al Diaz/SAMO

57 Great Jones, once owned by Andy Warhol, was the home and studio of Jean-Michel Basquiat. This month, the ground-floor space has been converted to a temporary gallery, inspired by the late artist ~ with an opening exhibition by Basquiat’s friend Al Diaz, also known as #SAMO, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Basquiat’s passing.

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