Jean Michel Basquiat at Acquavella 2014 Exhibit

Unseen Basquiat Drawings at Acquavella Gallery This May

This week some never before seen works by pop-art champion and luminary Jean-Michel Basquiat or the guy (insert rapper here) likes to bleed dry for art-clout will be hitting the streets of New York. Basquiat’s work will be on display at the uptown Acquavella Gallery for your consumption courtesy of Herbert and Lenore Schorr; former friends, collectors, and supporters of the artist. The collection of previously unseen work will include 22 pieces on paper and two paintings from their personal collection,

“Focusing on the significance of drawing in Basquiat’s practice, we are pleased to show these remarkable works on paper, many of which are being exhibited to the public for the first time.”

Basquiat Scales of Justice 1982

What sets this new collection apart from previous assemblages of Basquiat’s work is the fact that the Schorr duo were able to procure the batch directly from the artist prior to his first show,

“During the artist’s seminal years 1982-83 the Schorrs acquired several of his most important paintings, but in contrast to virtually every other early collector, the Schorrs also pursued and acquired a great number of works on paper both directly from the artist and from his early dealers,” explained curator Fred Hoffman. “The Schorrs astutely understood that working on paper was equally central to his practice as painting on canvas. Their collection demonstrates both the focus and ambition that the artist invested in the medium of drawing.”

Jean Michel Basquiat Boxing Ring 1981Drawing has always been an integral and often prominently used motif in Basquiat’s work so the opportunity to check out these early and overlooked pieces by Basquiat will provide a fresh look and take on the artist giving patrons an idea of the very thing that pushed him and provided the foundation for his particular style.

Jean Michel Basquiat Estrella 1985

will be on view at the Acquavella Gallery from MAY 1st – JUNE 13th, 2014.

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