Famed American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat died far too young, but his incredible artistic legacy only continues to grow. Visitors to the Art Gallery of Ontario can see his highly-regarded work in a fantastic new exhibition entitled Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time.
Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged from the New York City art scene in the early 1980s, with much of his work exploring contentious issues such as racism, identity, and social tension. He produced numerous paintings, and even some rap singles, throughout the course of his short career until his untimely death from a heroin overdose in 1987. Now’s the Time marks the first time Basquiat’s work will be featured in a major exhibit in Canada, and will feature over 85 large-scale paintings that are drawn from both museums and private collections from across the world. Some of the paintings featured include well-known works such as Obnoxious Liberals, A Panel of Experts, and In Print, among others. There will also be a showing of the film Downtown 81, a film starring Basquiat as he wanders the streets of 1981 New York City on Wednesday, April 8.
The Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time exhibit runs until May 10, 2015. To get to the Art Gallery of Ontario, take CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off tour to stop # 11.