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Basquiat Before Basquiat - East 12th Street, 1979-1980.

Feb 11, 2017 - May 7, 2017

Basquiat Before Basquiat focuses on the artistic life of Jean-Michel Basquiat from 1979 to 1980, when he shared an apartment in the East Village with his friend, Alexis Adler. This period stands as an important transitional moment for the artist, as he migrated away from the street toward a studio practice, and anticipates his breakthrough works of 1981. Through paintings, sculpture, works on paper, a notebook, and other ephemera, as well as Adler's numerous photographs from this period, this exhibition ultimately explores how the context of life in New York informed and formed Basquiat's artistic practice.