Sitting nestled between a row of neatly stacked apartment buildings, The Brant Foundation is celebrating the opening of it new space in New York City’s East Village. Once designed as a substation for energy company Con Edison, the building has been transformed into four-storey gallery space and its inauguration is particularly special. Open now, legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s most influential works are on display in a not-to-be-missed exhibition.
Created in collaboration with Foundation Louis Vuitton and curated by Brant Foundation founder Peter M. Brant and Dr. Dieter Buchhart, an extensive line of works will span across the 7,000 square feet gallery. Featuring some of Basquiat’s most significant works, attendees can expect to see masterpieces from both Untitled from 1981 and 1982, the multi-paneled Grillo (1984), Now’s the Time (1985), made on a shaped canvas, Gold Griot (1984) and Anthony Clarke (1985).
“The retrospective will show Basquiat as a resolutely contemporary artist who created a foretaste of our Internet society by using cut-and-paste sampling from his surroundings,” Dr. Buchhart said. “With the astonishing radicalness of his artistic practice, Basquiat renewed the concept of art with enduring impact.”
The exhibition has pulled pieces from the Brant Collections as well as international museums and private collections. “Basquiat has been a cornerstone of the East Village art scene for decades, and to bring his work back to the neighborhood that inspired it is a great privilege,” says Brant.
Open now, until May 15, admission to the iconic exhibition is free however those interested must reserve tickets in advance at the Brant Foundation. For more information, visit the website here.
The Brant Foundation x Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition
421 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10009