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July 3, 2015 – November 1, 2015


Jean-Michel Basquiat (b. 1960–d. 1988) was one of the most revolutionary artists of the 1980s. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Basquiat possessed intelligence and artistic skills, which his mother encouraged since he was very young.

His fame grew with exhibitions throughout North America and Europe, and he quickly became a prolific artist and a cultural celebrity. Whenever he had visitors in his studio or at home, he would paint as they talked, listened to music, or watched television, using the ideas around him as inspiration for his art.

Basquiat broke new ground in contemporary art. His innovative artistic approach continues to inspire artists and raise critical questions today. In a single painting he would reference a number of ideas through symbols, images, or text, which would sometimes have direct relationships, and sometimes would not. Basquiat translated his environment onto the canvas without defined narratives, challenging viewers to think critically about the world around them.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time explores the themes of Basquiat’s groundbreaking art and features some 100 paintings and drawings.

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Self-Portrait, 1984
Acrylic, and oil stick on paper mounted on canvas
100 x 70 cm
Yoav Harlap Collection
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Various authors.
235 pages; 142 illustrations.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
Department of Publications.

Edition in Spanish and English

ISBN Spanish: 978-84-16248-25-4
ISBN English: 978-3-7913-5457-6

49 €
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