Basquiat - The Unknown Notebooks
Exhibition, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA.
Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat filled numerous notebooks with poetry, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history.
This first major exhibition of his notebooks features over 150 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings. A self-taught artist with wide-ranging interests, Basquiat was influenced by comics, advertising, popular culture, African-American history, and everyday life.
The presentation emphasises the distinct interplay of text and images in Basquiat’s art, providing unprecedented insight into the importance of language in his process.