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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time

Jean-Michel Basquiat took the New York City art world by storm in the early 1980s and gained international recognition by creating powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, identity and social tension. Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at age 27, his groundbreaking drawings and paintings continue to challenge perceptions, provoke vital dialogues and empower us to think critically about the world around us. On display at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time marks the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in Canada and features close to 85 large-scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America.

Image Credits:

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled,1982, Acrylic and oil on linen, 193 x 239 cm
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Photogapher: Studio Tromp, Totterdam
© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1981, Acrylic and oilstick on canvas, 244.48 x 182.88 cm
The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection, Photography credit: Douglas M. Parker Studio, Los Angeles
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2014), Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat, A Panel of Experts, 1982, Acrylic and oil paintstick and paper collage on canvas with exposed wood supports and twine 152.4 x 152.4 cm
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Ira Young
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / SODRAC (2014), Licensed by Artestar, New York

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