The Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition has been so popular since its opening on October 3, 2018 that it is now extended till January 21. Therefore you have a whole extra week to see it at Fondation Louis Vuitton. No excuse to miss it!
“The work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most significant painters of the 20th century, is spread over four levels of Frank Gehry’s building.” If you haven’t been to the FLV building yet, now is the time to go…
The incredibly gifted American painter (born of a Haitian father) had a brief yet prolific career in NY, Italy, and LA: he produced over 1,500 drawings and 600 paintings. In the early ’80s, his girlfriend was no other than (then) aspiring singer Madonna. Basquiat was able to sell his work during his lifetime and was considered “the most famous of only a small number of young black artists who have achieved national recognition” (The New York Times), but it is after his death that his art sold for record-breaking amounts: in 2017, Basquiat’s Untitled (1982), a powerful depiction of a skull, sold for US$110,487,500—the most ever paid for an American artwork and the sixth most expensive artwork sold at an auction.” (Wikipedia)
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As a teaser, below is a selection of the paintings I particularly enjoyed when I went. But there is over a hundred more for you to see!
“Riding With Death” is the last painting you’ll get to see at the Louis Vuitton Foundation exhibition. It was painted by Basquiat in 1988, the year of his premature death (he overdosed on heroin when only 27 years old).