Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Tribute
Sept 21 - Nov 23, 1996

When he died in 1988 at the age of twenty-seven, Jean-Michel Basquiat left an astonishing body of work, remarkable in its diversity of subject matter, materials and quality. His greatness lay in his ability to integrate African-American culture, the love of music, pop-culture, and the history of jazz into an extraordinary visual language. Basquiat truly raised his voice above the din of the hectic era that was the 1980's. His work exhibits a frenetic and driven need to express and define his role in the larger world, and within the urban multi-ethnic culture of New York.

---text courtesy of the Tony Shafrazi Gallery