‘basquiat before basquiat’ new exhibit dedicated to basquiat’s pre-fame years

February 17, 2017

MCA Denver is currently running the archival exhibition ‘Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980’ and it’s something you won’t want to miss if you live in the area. The exhibition focuses on the work Basquiat made during the year he spent living with friend Alexis Adler in a small, East Village apartment. The cache of archival records and works includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, a notebook and “other ephemera” along with photography from the period, shot by Adler, to contextualize life in New York City during this time and how it shaped Basquiat as an artist.

‘Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980’ will be on exhibition at MCA Denver through May 7, 2017.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Painted televison inside the apartment.

Photography by Alexis Adler

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