Jean-Michel Basquiat Exu 1988 Acrylic and oilstick on canvas 199.3 x 254 cm Private Collection © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / SODRAC

Retrospective Basquiat Jean-Michel Basquiat


Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto ON M5T 1G4

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Famous by age 20 for his groundbreaking drawings and paintings, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) took the cultural hotbed of the New York art world by storm in the early 1980s. Basquiat gained international recognition by creating powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, politics and social hypocrisy. Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at age 27, his works remain hugely influential.