Basking in Basquiat- The Brandt Foundation’s Crowning Inaugural​​ Show

With the wide walls, garden rooftop, and newly renovated building, the Brandt foundation opens in style bringing the art of Jean Michel Basquiat back to the neighborhood where it all began.

Over 50,000 people pre ordered tickets to the show before it opened. The foundation has extended tickets and has over 1,110 visitors daily since the opening in March.

Jean Michel Basquiat’s 1984, “Grillo”

The 70 piece show, with all its vibrancy and color awakens the senses and leaves you stunned. If you have ever been in a room with one, you understand the energy. It is intense, and like the work reminds us of the gauging inpunity and glamour intermingled on canvas and why his work was so well regarded.

Basquiat to the rafters at the Brandt Foundation

The free tickets are a boon, even if one must wait to see it, it is well worth the trip. Most of the works have not been on display in new York and the familiar are also there.

Record breaking 1982 “Untitled” which is on Tour

The 1982, Basquiat’s “Untitled” is there, famously auctioned in 2017 by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. The painting has been on a World tour.

For his part, Peter Brant, who is happy to be in New York, said of the exhibition, “Even 30 years after his death, Basquiat’s complex oeuvre has made him one of the most important innovators in modern art. ”.

About the author

Native New Yorker and longtime collector, Ilene Pacun explores the city looking for the edgy, the new and all that New York has to offer. She is often seen pre-opening, gleefully chatting with the artists and listens for the real meaning of the intent and story behind the work.

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