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Basquiat Skull Painting Is Coming to the Brooklyn Museum

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Untitled,” a skull painting from 1982 that broke art auction price records when it was sold, will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum. Credit Don Emmert/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

A Basquiat is coming back to Brooklyn.

Starting Jan. 26, the Brooklyn-born graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 skull painting “Untitled” will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum through March 11.

The work caused something of a stir when the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa paid $110.5 million for it at Sotheby’s last year, making the painting the sixth most expensive work ever sold at auction at the time.

“As I explained when I successfully bought the work, my hope is that art becomes more accessible to a wider audience, and not just enjoyed by a select few,” Mr. Maezawa said in a statement to The New York Times. “Therefore, it is with great excitement that I begin the journey of sharing this masterpiece particularly with young people who will carry us forward into the future.”

Mr. Maezawa is supporting the show, “One Basquiat” billed as the first museum exhibition of the painting as well as public programming around it.

After a world tour, “Untitled” will reside in a museum that Mr. Maezawa is building in Chiba, Japan, his hometown.

Basquiat’s connection to the Brooklyn Museum began when his mother enrolled him as a junior member at age 6. He died in 1988 at the age of 28. In 2005, the museum presented a retrospective of his work and a decade later, a show of his notebooks.


Article by Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times.

Posted in: News on January 12, 2018 by...