BASEL – His premature death automatically placed him among the great names in art. The son of immigrants from Haiti and a friend of Andy Warhol’s, Jean-Michel Basquiat became the symbol of art of the 1980s, of the «young savages» who disrespectfully combined the masters of the past and graffiti. Today his paintings are worth fortunes (record near 10 million euros in 2007 at Sotheby’s New York) but he did not profit from that as he died in 1988 at the age of 27. Basquiat would be 50 years old today, an age that is as difficult to conceive as it would have been for James Dean or Keith Haring. To mark this date, the Fondation Beyeler has organized a very large retrospective, combining creations of his short artist’s life that began joyfully with his participation to Documenta in 1981 and ended one day from an overdose. There are some one hundred paintings from museums and private collections, full of energy, symbols and colors.
Basquiat at the fondation Beyeler from 9 May to 5 September 2010.