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Installation view of Basquiat's 'Famous' (1982) and 'Brother’s Sausage' (1983) on view in our current exhibition 'Jean-Michel Basquiat: Xerox' on view through May 31, 2019. These two works capture a parallel reflection on the contested role that fame played in Basquiat’s life. A brilliant take on the genre of history painting, 'Brother’s Sausage' is part of a series of five monumental paintings in which Basquiat linked multiple canvases with metal hinges that he left visible. The collaged background of early drawings allude to famous African American athletes and ancient Greek and pagan gods, while the painted regions portray idiosyncratic references, such as a "FAMOUS" sausage brand and a 1951 U.S. dime in a depiction that emphasizes “LIBERTY,” a word often associated with the slogan for the American dream. The result is both a celebration and a critique of the artist’s era, specifically its pervasive consumerism, preoccupation with fame and fortune, and ensuing social inequalities. 'Famous' is one of only two doubled-sided standing paintings Basquiat ever made. On one side of the canvas, the artist impetuously scrawled "FAMOUS" above a black face with a scratched-out eye and mouth clamped shut, a motif often associated with a self-portrait. As the title indicates, the notion of fame is the principal subject of this work. Basquiat began his career as a street artist, spray-painting graffiti around New York under the pseudonym "SAMO," and transitioned from being homeless and unemployed to selling a single painting for $25,000 in a matter of months. His rapid success was not only a source of pride but also of internalized conflict, as Basquiat struggled to reconcile his place in the white-dominated art world. . #basquiat #xerox #basquiatxerox #famous at Nahmad Contemporary
'Jean-Michel Basquiat: Xerox' opens tonight from 6-8 pm at Nahmad Contemporary. . The immersive, collaged Xerox paintings featured here epitomize Basquiat’s extraordinary capacity for visual language. Their raw, allover compositions incorporate recycled and transformed signs and markings from the artist’s everyday experiences—including motifs from his earlier artworks. From anatomical drawings inspired by a childhood accident to triumphant commemorations of his heroes, the imagery culled from his intimate and vast lexicon rendered the foundation of these complex compositions. And, like an assimilation of collective knowledge, the content deluge in this series presages the copy-paste sampling characteristic of the subsequent Internet and post-Internet generations. . #basquiat #xerox #basquiatxerox at Nahmad Contemporary
'Jean-Michel Basquiat: Xerox' opening at Nahmad Contemporary tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12 from 6-8pm!
Felix Gonzalez-Torres 'Lovers-Paris' (1993)
Happy Women's Day! . Barbara Kruger addresses media and politics in their native tongue: tabloid, sensational, authoritative, and direct. Kruger’s words and images merge the commercial and art worlds; their critical resonance eviscerates cultural hierarchies — everyone and everything is for sale. The year 1989 was marked by numerous demonstrations protesting a new wave of antiabortion laws chipping away at the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Untitled (Your body is a battleground) was produced by Kruger for the Women’s March on Washington in support of reproductive freedom. The woman’s face, disembodied, split in positive and negative exposures, and obscured by text, marks a stark divide. This image is simultaneously art and protest. Though its origin is tied to a specific moment, the power of the work lies in the timelessness of its declaration. . #barbarakruger
Installing 'Jean-Michel Basquiat: Xerox' at Nahmad Contemporary with Joe Nahmad and Dieter Buchhart. . Opening next Tuesday, March 12 from 6-8pm! On view through May 31, 2019. . #basquiat #xerox #basquiatxerox at Nahmad Contemporary
Philip Guston 'Head and Bottle' (1975)
Calder-Picasso @museepicassoparis, a brilliant pairing and breathtaking exhibition on view through August 25, 2019. . SWIPE. . #calderpicasso #calder #picasso at Musée Picasso Paris
Fantastic room @fondationlv in Paris showing early works by Daniel Buren in context with Christopher Wool, Albert Oehlen, and Wade Guyton. . #danielburen #christopherwool #albertoehlen #wadeguyton at Fondation Louis Vuitton
Jean-Michel Basquiat @thebrantfoundation. Epic wall inspired by Picasso's legendary exhibition at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, in the early 70s.
Jean-Michel Basquiat @thebrantfoundation. Spectacular exhibition. . #basquiat at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center
Cady Noland - 'Untitled' (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) - 1994 - silkscreen on aluminum - collection @thewadsworth - on loan to @mmkfrankfurt - extraordinary retrospective - brilliant architecture . #cadynoland #jackieo @realmrvalentino #capri #1970 #dolcevita? at Museum MMK für Moderne Kunst
'Georges Mathieu: Monumental Paintings' has come to an end. The show was Mathieu's first in the United States in over 30 years. It also marked the first time this outstanding series of works (created on the occasion of the artist's Grand Palais retrospective in 1978) were exhibited in New York. It was an honor to reacquaint the American public with Georges Mathieu. #georgesmathieu at Nahmad Contemporary
The catalogue for (UN)COVERED: MIRÓ | HAMMONS is now available! This fully illustrated publication features texts by James Johnson Sweeney, Jordana Moore Saggese and Linda Weintraub. For more information, visit our website. #joanmiro #davidhammons
'Miro - Calder' opening tonight @nahmadprojects in London. ©️ 2019 Calder Foundation, New York / DACS, London at Nahmad Projects
LAST DAYS to see 'Georges Mathieu: Monumental Paintings' at Nahmad Contemporary through February 23, 2019. at Nahmad Contemporary
Nahmad Contemporary is pleased to announce 'Jean-Michel Basquiat | Xerox', scheduled to run from March 12 through May 31, 2019. . Curated by Basquiat scholar Dieter Buchhart, the exhibition is the first concentrated examination of the extraordinary body of work that the artist created using Xerox copies as his principal medium and compositional focal point. The series will be captured by more than 15 immersive, collaged paintings that epitomize Basquiat’s extraordinary capacity for visual language. Their raw, allover compositions incorporate recycled and transformed signs and markings from the artist’s everyday experiences—including motifs from his earlier artworks. The intricate web of content in this series presages the copy-paste sampling characteristic of the subsequent Internet generations, and position Basquiat as a pioneer of the pre-digital age. . Jean-Michel Basquiat 'King of the Zulus' (1984-85) on loan from Musée D'Art Contemporain de Marseille, France . #basquiat #basquiatxerox
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