Miami - Exhibition

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at PAMM

Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM

12 Aug 201616 Oct 2016

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks is the first major exhibition focused on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks, filled with poetry fragments, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history. This exhibition features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings.

A self-taught artist with encyclopedic and cross-cultural interests, Basquiat was influenced by comics, advertising, children’s sketches, Pop art, hip-hop, politics, 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 writing in the artist’s process. The notebook pages on display contain early renderings of iconic imagery—tepees, crowns, skeleton-like figures, and grimacing faces—that also appear throughout his large-scale works, as well as an early drawing related to his series of works titled Famous Negro Athletes.

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and is curated by Dieter Buchhart, guest curator, with Tricia Laughlin Bloom, former Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (alternate view), 1985. Collection of Larry Warsh. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Gavin Ashworth, Brooklyn Museum.Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (alternate view), 1985. Collection of Larry Warsh. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Gavin Ashworth, Brooklyn Museum.
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Ink Drawing), 1981. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Gavin AshworthJean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Ink Drawing), 1981. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Gavin Ashworth
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Crown), 1982. Private collection, courtesy of Lio Malca. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Mark-Woods.com.Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Crown), 1982. Private collection, courtesy of Lio Malca. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Mark-Woods.com.
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Famous (recto and verso), 1982. Private collection, courtesy of Lio Malca. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Christopher Burke.Jean-Michel Basquiat, Famous (recto and verso), 1982. Private collection, courtesy of Lio Malca. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Christopher Burke.
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled Notebook (front cover), 1980–81. Collection of Larry Warsh. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum.Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled Notebook (front cover), 1980–81. Collection of Larry Warsh. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum.
  • Edo Bertoglio, Jean-Michel Basquiat on the set of Downtown 81, 1980–81. Copyright New York Beat Films, LLC. Courtesy Maripol. By permission of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved.Edo Bertoglio, Jean-Michel Basquiat on the set of Downtown 81, 1980–81. Copyright New York Beat Films, LLC. Courtesy Maripol. By permission of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved.

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Destination: Miami
Where: Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM
Type: VIP Preview
Admission: By Invitation Only

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks Museum Circle Preview Reception. Pérez Art Museum Miami Museum Circle members are invited for an exclusive preview of the new special exhibition, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks.
RSVP by Monday, August 1 to museumcircle@pamm.org | 305 375 1707

 

 

Destination: Miami
Where: Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM
Type: Preview
Admission: By Invitation Only

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks Early Access Day for members.
Exclusively for PAMM Members
Contact: info@pamm.org

Destination: Miami
Where: Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM
Type: Talk
Admission: Free

Art Talk: rete fó: too fly 4 the swatter: o la síntesis de Jean-Michel Basquiat. In conjunction with the opening of Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, artist William Cordova will discuss the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat in relation to Haitian Vodou flags, Puerto Rican political posters, and Nicolás Guillén Landrián’s cut-up celluloid cinema. The talk will be followed by a discussion with PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans and PAMM Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz.

Destination: Miami
Where: Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM
Type: Opening
Admission: Free

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks Opening Celebration.
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition with an art talk by artist William Cordova followed by a discussion with PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans and PAMM Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz. On the terrace, Tradisyon Lakou Lakay dance ensemble and DJ Gardy will perform a traditional Vodou-inspired dance accompanied by magical melodies and beautiful rhythmic roots music of Haiti, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, combined with retro electronic music.

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OPENING:
mon, tue, fri, sat, sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
wed

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2013

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Sirmans Franklin


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