Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time is the first-ever retrospective of the artist’s work in Canada and will feature over 80 major paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America. The exhibition is organized by the AGO and guest curated by art historian Dieter Buchhart.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most revolutionary artists of the 1980s. He developed his own distinctive visual language, a mix of images and texts he painted and collaged to create dynamic large-scale works. His works explore challenging themes, from personal identity to entrenched racism, and in this rare thematic survey the reoccurring motifs and messages that underlie these images will be considered. A fashion world celebrity, dubbed the 'insiders-outsider', included in the exhibition are several of Basquiat’s collaborations with Warhol and Keith Haring.
Making its only North American stop, the exhibition will run in Toronto until May 10, 2015.
Jean-Michel Basquiat took the New York City art world by storm in the early 1980s and gained international recognition by creating powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, identity and social tension. Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at age 27, his groundbreaking drawings and paintings continue to challenge perceptions, provoke vital dialogues and empower us to think critically about the world around us. Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time marks the first major retrospective of the artist's work in Canada and will feature close to 85 large-scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America.
Guest-curated by renowned Austrian art historian, curator and critic Dieter Buchhart, the AGO's exhibition will be the first thematic examination of the artist's work. Inspired as much by high art, Abstract Expressionism and Conceptualism as by jazz, sports, comics, remix culture and graffiti, Basquiat translated the world around him into a provocative visual language.
An AGO-produced exhibition catalogue will be available in English with excerpts from Olivier Berggruen, Francesco Pellizzi, Glenn O'Brien, Christian Campbell and Franklin Sirmans.