Basquiat. Boom for Real

February 16 - May 27, 2018

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) is acknowledged today as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. More than 30 years after his last solo exhibition in a public collection in Germany, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting a major survey devoted to this American artist. In the 1970s and 1980s, Basquiat teamed up with Al Diaz in New York to write graffiti statements across the city under the pseudonym SAMO©. Soon he was collaging baseball cards and postcards and painting on clothing, doors, furniture and on improvised canvases. Basquiat collaborated with many artists of his time, most famously Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. He starred in the film New York Beat with Blondie’s singer Debbie Harry and performed with his experimental band Gray. Basquiat created murals and installations for New York nightclubs like Area and Palladium and in 1983 he produced the hip-hop record Beat Bop with K-Rob and Rammellzee. Having come of age in the Post-Punk underground scene in Lower Manhattan, Basquiat conquered the art world and gained widespread international recognition, becoming the youngest participant in the history of the documenta in 1982. Basquiat’s raw, vibrant imagery is matched by a startling erudition, seen in the fragments of bold, capitalized text that abound in his works. These bear witness to his encyclopedic interests and his experience as a young artist with no formal training. Featuring more than 100 works, the exhibition is the first to focus on Basquiat’s relationship to music, text, film and television, placing his work within a broader cultural context. At the Schirn, an outstanding selection of paintings, drawings, notebooks and objects are presented from public and private collections, together with rare films and photographs, music and archival material, which capture the range and dynamism of Basquiat’s practice over the years.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York, Courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Photo: Studio Tromp, Rotterdam

More than 30 years after Basquiat’s last major exhibition in Germany, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting a major survey devoted to the American artist.


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16.02.2018 | Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) is acknowledged today as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. More than 30 years after his last solo exhibition in a public collection in Germany, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting a major survey devoted to this American artist. Featuring more than 100 works, the exhibition is the first to focus on Basquiat’s relationship to music, text, film and television, placing his work within a broader cultural context.

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15.02.2018 | INTRODUCTION Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. Born in Brooklyn in 1960, to a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother, he grew up amid the post-punk scene in lower Manhattan. After leaving school at seventeen, he invented the character “SAMO©”, writing poetic graffiti that captured the attention of the city. He exhibited his first body of work in the influential group exhibition New York/New Wave at P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc., in 1981. When starting out, Basquiat worked collaboratively and fluidly across media, making poetry, performance, music and Xerox art as well as paintings, drawings and objects. Boom for Real celebrates this diversity, tracing his meteoric rise, from the postcard he plucked up the courage to sell to his hero Andy Warhol in SoHo in 1979 to one of the first collaborative paintings that they made together in 1984. By then, he was internationally acclaimed – an extraordinary feat for a young artist with no formal training, working against the racial prejudice of the time. In the studio, Basquiat surrounded himself with source material. He would sample from books spread open on the floor and the sounds of the television or boom box – anything worthy of his trademark catchphrase “boom for real”. The exhibition unpicks this encyclopaedia of references – from early cinema to black cultural history to jazz. As the writer Glenn O’Brien wrote following Basquiat’s death in 1988: “He ate up every image, every word, every bit of data that appeared in front of him and he processed it all into a bebop cubist pop art cartoon gospel that synthesized the whole overload we lived under into something that made an astonishing new sense."

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BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz, Artworks: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York.

BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz, Artworks: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York.

BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz, Artworks: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York.

BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz, Artworks: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York.

BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz, Artworks: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York.

BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz, Artworks: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York.

BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz, Artworks: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York.

BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz, Artworks: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1980, Enamel, spray paint and oil stick on enamelled metal, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, gift of an anonymous donor, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ ADAGP, Paris & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York, Courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art

Edo Bertoglio, Jean-Michel Basquiat on the set of Downtown 81, 1980–81, © New York Beat Film LLC, By permission of The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York, Photo: Edo Bertoglio

Edo Bertoglio, Jean-Michel Basquiat wearing an American football helmet, 1981, Photo: © Edo Bertoglio, courtesy of Maripol, Artwork: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982, Acrylic and oil on linen, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York, Courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Foto: Studio Tromp, Rotterdam

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Crown), 1982, Acrylic, ink and paper collage on paper, Private collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat, A Panel of Experts, 1982, Acrylic, oil stick and paper collage on canvas with exposed wooden supports and twine, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Gift of Ira Young, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York, Courtesy The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Foto: MFA, Douglas M. Parker

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dos Cabezas, 1982, Acrylic and oil stick on canvas with wooden supports, Private collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self-Portrait, 1983, Oil on paper and wood, Collection Thaddaeus Ropac, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Courtesy Collection Thaddaeus Ropac, London

Rammellzee vs. K-Rob, produced and with cover artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Beat Bop’, 1983, Vinyl record and slip cover, Collection of Jennifer Von Holstein, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat painting, 1983, © Roland Hagenberg

Beth Phillips, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente, 1984, © Beth Phillips, courtesy Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Switzerland

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, Arm and Hammer II, 1984, Acrylic on canvas, Guarded by Bischofberger, Männedorf-Zurich, Switzerland, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York, Courtesy Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Männedorf-Zurich, Switzerland

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Pablo Picasso), 1984, Oil, acrylic and oil stick on metal, Private collection, Italy, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Glenn, 1984, Acrylic, oil stick and photocopy, collage on canvas, Private collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat at Area, New York, 1984, Courtesy Jennifer Goode

Jean-Michel Basquiat, King Zulu, 1986, Acrylic, wax and felt-tip pen on canvas, MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan. Formerly Salvador Riera Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York, Photo: Gasull Fotografia

George Hirose, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring at the opening of Julian Schnabel, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1987, © George Hirose, 1987

DIGITORIAL "Basquiat. Boom for Real", © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

WIFI SPECIAL "Basquiat und Du", © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Crown Club, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2018, Photo: Norbert Miguletz