Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist, with no direct connection of France or Provence. We discovered him recently, through his work on display in the Lambert Museum of Avignon (Avignon Museums) and most recently (Jan 2019) in the fabulous exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. This exhibit at 120 defining works by Basquiat, probably the largest collection of his that will ever be displayed.
Although Basquiat's link to Provence is nearly nonexistent, we're compelled to add a page for him in Beyond as an excuse to share some of his work others who (like us) weren't really aware of this fabulous artist.
There are tons of Jean-Michel Basquiat bios online, including thorough one on Wikipedia, so we won't repeat the details. Very briefly, though:
His first public showing was in Long Island City, in 1981, the same year he sold his first painting. He worked in New York, then in Italy during 1982. He returned to the United States in 1983 to continuing his work as an artist in California.
By around 1985-1986 Basquiat had earned a large following, and some of his works were being sold for very high prices.
On August 12, 1988, Jean-Michel Basquiat died in his art studio in Manhattan, after only 27 years of life and 8 years as a working artist.
Now, we'll mourn his passing, and admire his paintings Basquiat Photo Gallery.
All of the photos in our gallery were taken by us, in the Avignon Lambert Museum and the Louis Vitton Foundation in Paris (end 2018, beginning 2019). We have no advertising on this Jean-Michel Basquiat page or on our Basquait Photo Gallery page.
Lambert Museum Photos
In December 2018 we visited the Lambert Museum in Avigion (Avignon Museums) where two rooms were dedicated to his works. The brochure from that exhibition gives some background to the relationship between Basquiat and Yvon Lambert in Paris: Yvon Lambert discovered the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1982 during an opening in New York. He met the artist later in his studio, then invited Basquiat to show his work in his Paris gallery. Lambert asked Basquiat to come and spend time in Paris where Basquiat produced work specifically for the event.
With Basquiat there for the opening, the 1988 show of his work at Lambert's gallery is the last one organized in France during the artist's lifetime (He would die a few months later, in August 1988) and the only one in Paris for which he was present at the opening.
Basquiat's time with the Paris art dealer brought the two men together and a close friendship developed between them.