Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story

Through 8 November 2019
New York

The Guggenheim exhibition explores Basquiat’s work—black identity, historical black figures, self-portraits, police brutality and reflections on being a minority in a white-dominated art world.

The exhibition is a testament to the tremendous impact Michael Stewart’s death and the subsequent trial had on the circle of downtown artists for whom Stewart was a peer. To illustrate the solidarity experienced within this community at the time, paintings and prints by other artists also are on view: Haring’s Michael Stewart—USA for Africa (1985); Andy Warhol’s screenprinted “headline” painting from 1983 incorporating a New York Daily News article on Stewart’s death; David Hammons’s stenciled print The Man Nobody Killed (1986): George Condo’s Portrait of Michael Stewart (1983) and Lyle Ashton Harris’s photographic self-portrait Saint Michael Stewart (1994). The presentation also features ephemera related to Stewart’s death, including newspaper clippings and protest posters, along with artworks from Stewart’s estate. Together, these objects poignantly document the sorrow—and defiance—of a grieving community that created a moment in art history that has not been fully articulated and explored until now.

On 29 October at 7 pm, join in for an evening program featuring contemporary artist Shaun Leonardo, reflecting on themes and artworks from the exhibition. For this program, Leonardo draws from his own practice in a format that combines a gallery tour, poetic response, conversations, and a movement-based workshop.

On view at the Guggenheim through 6 November 2019

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Dina Shirin
October 9, 2019

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