The Brooklyn Museum is showing an exhibition completely focused on Jean-Michel Basquiat's notebooks. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Basquiat was a self taught artist and at an early age showed immense talent for drawing. Inbetween dating Madonna and selling his first work to Blondie's Debbie Harry, Basquiat was the youngest artist to showcase at Documenta in Kassel, Germany at the age of 21. His career quickly took off and he became known for his cross-cultural interests and his distinct interplay of text and images. Unfortunately at the young age of 27 Basquiat passed away from a drug overdose.
This exhibition emphasizes the use of text and imagery in Basquiat's art, and provides insight into the importance of writing in the artist's process.
The notebook pages on display contain early renderings of iconic imagery such as tepees, crowns, skeleton-like figures, and grimacing faces. The drawings in these notebooks also appear throughout his large-scale works.
Early on in his career, Carini Lang's Founder and Creative Director, Joe Carini, was inspired by Basquiat, the art of tagging, and the inclusion of text in art. When the Occupy Wall Street Movement began stirring in NYC, Joe was motivated to explore these themes by photographing street art and connecting with the artists he encountered along the way. A collection erupted from those collaborations and our 2014 graffiti-art show "Back Against the Wall" showcased over 20 artists, including DAIN, RAE, JIM JOE, BEAU, STINKFISH, READER and COST.
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and is curated by Dieter Buchhart and Tricia Laughlin Bloom. This exhibition will be on view from April 3 - August 23, 2015.