What the Institution Says: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s myth still overrides his artistic oeuvre, “and frequently the historic and cultural context in which his unusual works were created is neglected as well,” writes Philipp Demandt, the director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and co-curator of “Basquiat: Boom for Real.“ Because Basquiat’s art is closely linked with life itself: social, political and art-historical subjects flow together in his work. “It is a mixture which dissolves the boundaries of the disciplines and those of his own identity,”
Why It’s Worth a Look: It’s been more than 30 years since the artist, who in 1982 became the youngest artist to show at documenta, had a major show in a public collection in Germany. With over 100 works on view, the expansive exhibition travels from London’s Barbican Centre. As in London, the show includes the context of the young artist’s work, focusing on the relationship Basquiat had with music, text, film, and television as well as the streets of New York where he first made his mark.
FEBRUARY 16TH UNTIL MAY 27TH 2018