Though he only lived to 27 years old, the legacy and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat feels timeless. In the past, his story has often been told through the lens of his connection to Andy Warhol and the who’s who of 1980s celebrity, his origin as a graffiti writer, or the influence his wry, colorful, character-filled paintings, drawings and assemblages have had on contemporary creatives, young and mature. However, on April 9, a new exhibition, “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure” and its accompanying catalogue are finally telling his true story—through the words and vision of his living sisters, Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux.
In New Exhibition, Basquiat's Family Reveals His Truth
Everyone thinks they know Jean-Michel Basquiat but do we really? On April 9, the late artist’s sisters are out to correct the record with a new, intimate exhibition of unseen work, accompanied by a Pentagram-designed catalogue filled with tender familial stories about the youth and subsequent artistic rise of the brilliant talent. Simultaneously, the launch of a second tome, Crossroads, from Rizzoli will explore Basquiat’s friendship with the multidisciplinary artist Lee Jaffe and the influence that music had on both their lives. Shrouded in mystery no more, this is Basquiat as we’ve never known him, but at the same time, as he’s really always been.