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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Working with Galerie Enrico Navarra and fellow galleries, we present a specially curated display of artworks on paper and objects by Jean-Michel Basquiat from 1977 to 1988.
The works by jean-Michel Basquiat has been presented several times accross the world however the opportunity to focus only on his drawings is still rare.

Thanks to the support of Galerie Enrico Navarra, we have gathered more than 140 drawings from years 1977 – 1987. As many artists, the use of drawings is at the basic of his work.
This show is an ambitious and important selection of drawings that demonstrate both the prolific manner
in which Basquiat used his art to express himself, and also the technical proficiency of this young artist as a draftsman. It will be an occasion to discover recurent theme such as : Anatomy, Heads and Faces, Music…

Over his short yet prolific career, Jean-Michel Basquiat created an aesthetic that combined an extraordinary rich lexicon of iconography, symbols, words, historical references and comic book imagery.
Jean-Michel Basquiat knew how to seize, depict certain moments of our contemporary history and represented his experience at a time of societal change.

Aside from the wide range of subject matter, this didactic exhibition will illustrate his process of creation and the large range of media he used such as oilstick, graphite, pen, color pencil, ink, acrylic, gouache, collage, xerox…

Far away from the busy urban streets of 1970s and 1980s New York where Basquiat first applied his craft in the form of graffiti, we are now viewing his drawings amongst the landscape of Provence, where so many greats of art history came to paint. Despite being self-taught and somewhat anti the art establishment, we know Basquiat visited museums and studied the canon for himself. This carefully considered display of drawings in this context, so close to the Saint Victoire of Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso’s Vauvernargue feels incredibly special for the work of the young Brooklyn rebel.

As Richard D. Marshall has noted « Drawing was an essential element in the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The artist made no hierarchical distinction between drawing and painting. »