Art collector, Larry Warsh, has graciously lent his collection of Jean-Michel Basquiat's personal notebooks to the Brooklyn Museum for a new exhibit on the late artist, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks. Opening on April 3rd, these books are largely unseen, ranging from 1981-87, consisting of 160 pages total, and are a significant part to this show along with paintings, drawings, and moving images by the artist.
Basquiat is an important entity to an era of New York City and Brooklyn that greatly no longer exists. The 80's in NYC were a terrifying, exhilarating time that served as the world-renowned breeding ground for the creativity that produced
some of the most eccentric artists of every genre. Basquiat is certainly no exception. The artist collaborated with Andy Warhol among others, and regularly produced works under his fictional character, Jimmy Best, using aerosol and various mediums to create poetic text often with imagery to the SoHo and Lower East Side streets. These notebooks are less of a daily play-by-play from the artist, but reveal more of an insight into his state of mind, interests and creative processes.
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks debuts at the Brooklyn Museum 27 years after the artist's death, at just 27 years old. How's that for an homage.