A new exhibition featuring 200 never-before-seen and rarely seen works by Jean-Michel Basquiat called “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure” is set to open in early Spring 2022 at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea.
The exhibition will feature a wide range of mediums including paintings, drawings, multimedia, ephemera and artifacts to provide larger context to the work of one of the world’s most famous artists. Alongside that theme of a greater intimacy, the exhibition was actually conceived by the artist’s sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, who run The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat along with their stepmother Nora Fitzpatrick.
“We wanted to bring his work and personality forward, in a way only his family can, for people to immerse themselves in,” shares Lisane. “We want this to be a multi-dimensional celebration of Jean-Michel's life."
You can find out more information on the sure-to-be-blockbuster exhibition on the show’s official site. The site also reveals that the show’s title comes from a 1987 painting completed by Basquiat called “King Pleasure,” the name of a bartender-turned-vocalist whose 1952 song “Moody’s Mood for Love” brought him a new level of fame.
The exhibition will be sponsored by Spotify and Phillips and presented in collaboration with the buzzy art exhibitors Superblue.