Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Crown), 1983 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo by Mark Woods.

"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

On view January 22  through April 23, 2017.

Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat filled numerous notebooks with poetry, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history. The first major exhibition of the artist’s notebooks, "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" features over 150 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings.

A self-taught artist with wide-ranging interests, Basquiat was influenced by comics, advertising, popular culture, African American history, and everyday life. "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" emphasizes the distinct interplay of text and images in Basquiat’s art, providing unprecedented insight into the importance of language in the artist’s process.


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