It’s thanks to my dear friend Akemi that I filled one of the 50 000 slots that were granted to see a unique collection of Basquiat’s work in New York. The Brant Foundation is a new gallery that’s opened up in the East Village, offering free visits to its space to see the collection of 70 works up close and personal. The slots went fast, and “sold out” super quickly, much to the dismay of many of my friends on Instagram who’ve sent me DMs of disappointment at not being able to themselves nab tickets.
Simply titled “Jean-Michel Basquiat,” the exhibition was mounted by publishing magnate Peter Brant’s daughter, Allison, and will run until the middle of May, if you are thinking about getting on the waitlist too. But if you miss it, here are a few photos I took of the exhibition, in the space, which used to be a Con Edison building, before it was the studio and home of artist Walter De Maria.
Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of those seminal, if somewhat mythical, New York legends, largely due to his overdosing at the age of 27. This exhibition is a smaller version of the one that was mounted at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris earlier this year (a place that is on my bucket list to visit) and features quite a few pieces from Brant’s own collection, as well as the Untitled work Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa bought for the cool, record-breaking amount of $110 million, and lent to the Brooklyn Museum a few years ago. What I liked about the exhibition is you get to see beyond the pieces we traditionally associate Basquiat with. I like, too, being able to have seen these pieces in the East Village, the place where Basquiat made his very literal mark on the city.