A New Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition, featuring over 200 Rare Artworks, will hold in 2022

It is 2021, and the artist who is dominating global news is Jean-Michel Basquiat, with at least 18 works sold publicly so far to the tune of over $250 million. The catch? Basquiat, whose artistic career spanned eight short years, has been dead for 33 years now. And if the events of this year are anything to go by, the Caribbean-American artist’s fame will continue well into the 34th year of his demise with a planned exhibition set to take place in 2022.

Jean-Michel Basquiat seated with one bare foot on an upturned chair
Jean-Michel Basquiat has been gone for 33 years now, but his art remains relevant to this day. Image courtesy of The Guardian UK

The estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat has announced that it is planning to exhibit a private collection of over “200 never before and rarely seen paintings, drawings, multimedia presentations, ephemera and artifacts” as a close and complex portrayal of the man through the perspective of his those that loved him most.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure is the title of the planned exhibition, a name derived from the artist’s 1987 painting (of the same name) that references a bartender-turned-jazz vocalist from Basquiat’s New York City childhood neighbourhood, who would go on to produce the popular 1952 song titled Moody’s Mood for Love.

King Pleasure by Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1987
The exhibition is titled Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure, a name derived from a 1987 painting of the same name. Image courtesy of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat

The event is set to be held on the ground floor of the historical Starrett-Lehigh Building, located in the West Chelsea Historic District. The uniquely designed structure was built in 1931 and became an official New York City landmark back in 1986. Inside, there will be an exact recreation of the Great Jones Street studio and the Michael Todd VIP room where Basquait made several artworks at the Palladium nightclub.

Untitled painting of Basquait
The exhibition will be a collection of never and rarely seen works. Image courtesy of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Sir David Adjaye will lead the design of the exhibition space and in an official statement explained that “the vision for this project — to reclaim the narrative of Basquiat’s life and work and to shed new light on an artist that is only partially understood — aligns deeply with my studio’s mission of using design as a storytelling device. I envision the exhibition as an intimate narrative journey that not only displays his trailblazing career but cultivates his spirit and mission through the eyes and insights of his own family.”

Jailbirds will feature in the Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure exhibition
The collection will also be made into a book. Image courtesy of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat

And just in case you cannot physically make it to the exhibition, or would like to carry the memories of the event with you long after your visit, Rizzoli Electa has been charged with releasing an explorative new book that details the private collection. Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure will be on view starting on April 9, 2022.

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