In New Exhibition, Basquiat's Family Reveals His Truth

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.

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