Nearly 30 years have passed since famed graffiti artist and Downtown darling, Jean-Michel Basquiat, died in 1988, but the neo-expressionist painter and punk poet’s profile only continues to rise.
London’s Barbicon gallery is gearing up to unveil Basquiat: Boom for Real, a long overdue retrospective of all the artist’s work from his first exhibition until his death, and now, Brooklyn’s Bishop Gallery has announced their plans to show never-before-seen works by the artist at the X Contemporary Fair during Miami Art Basel.
The rare works include drawings, paintings and collages, and have reportedly only been seen by a handful of people. Made between 1979 and 1981 at Basquiat’s friend, Lonny Lichtenberg’s New York City apartment, the pieces have remained there, unseen, until now.
They were purchased directly from Lichtenberg’s home by frequent Basquiat collaborator, Al Diaz, with whom Basquiat worked on the SAMO graffiti that covered lower Manhattan during the late ’70s. Diaz will showcase the work at X Contemporary from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.