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Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story

Art | July 11, 2019 |

Basquiat's "Defacement": The Untold StoryImage courtesy of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
June 21 – November 6, 2019

From June 21 to November 6, 2019, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story. This focused, thematic exhibition of work by Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988), supplemented with work by others of his generation, will explore a formative chapter in the artist’s career through the lens of his identity and the role of cultural activism in New York City during the early 1980s.

Basquiat's "Defacement": The Untold StoryImage courtesy of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story is organized by guest curator ChaĆ©dria LaBouvier. The exhibition takes as its starting point the painting Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart), created by Basquiat in 1983 to commemorate the fate of the young, black artist Michael Stewart at the hands of New York City transit police after allegedly tagging a wall in an East Village subway station. Originally painted on the wall of Keith Haring‘s studio, Defacement was not meant to be seen widely and has rarely been exhibited in a public context. With approximately twenty paintings and works on paper by Basquiat and his contemporaries, this presentation around Defacement will examine Basquiat’s exploration of black identity, his protest against police brutality, and his attempts to craft a singular aesthetic language of empowerment.

Basquiat's "Defacement": The Untold StoryImage courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art. Licensed by SCALA/ARS New York

The works on view by Basquiat will further illustrate his engagement with state authority as well as demonstrate his adaptation of crowns as symbols for the canonization of historical black figures. Also featured will be archival material related to Stewart’s death, including Keith Haring’s diary and protest posters, along with samples of artwork from Stewart’s estate. Paintings and prints made by other artists in response to Stewart’s death and the subsequent criminal trial of the police officers charged in his death to be presented include Haring’s Michael Stewart-U.S.A. for Africa (1985); Andy Warhol‘s screenprinted “headline” painting from 1983 incorporating a New York Daily News article on Stewart’s death; David Hammons‘s stenciled print titled The Man Nobody Killed (1986), George Condo‘s Portrait of Michael Stewart (1983) and Lyle Ashton Harris‘s photographic portrait Saint Michael Stewart (1994), all of which are testaments to the solidarity among artists at the time and the years following. An illustrated publication with essays by ChaĆ©dria LaBouvier; cultural historian J. Faith Almiron; Nancy Spector, Guggenheim Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator; and critic Greg Tate will present new scholarship on Basquiat and the burgeoning East Village art scene during the early 1980s, an era marked by the rise of the art market, the AIDS crisis and the activism it engendered, and persistent racial tensions in the city. The essays will be supplemented by a section of Recollections by key activists, critics, artists, lawyers, and journalists who were directly involved in the aftermath of Stewart’s death.

more. www.guggenheim.org

Basquiat's "Defacement": The Untold StoryImage courtesy of The Keith Haring Foundation

Basquiat's "Defacement": The Untold StoryImage courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2019

Basquiat's "Defacement": The Untold StoryImage courtesy of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Basquiat's "Defacement": The Untold StoryImage courtesy of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

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