In 2019 – back when going out to galleries was a thing we pretty much took for granted – a monumental exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work opened at the Brant Foundation in New York City’s East Village, bringing several of his most famous paintings and self-portraits back to the neighbourhood that inspired them.
Now, as galleries across the world are still closed or in various stages of reopening due to coronavirus, the foundation is offering a free, online look at the exhibition.
The virtual tour allows users to “walk” around all four floors of the show, which originally ran for two months. Highlights to look out for include the multi-panelled Grillo (1984) and many other well-known works such as Price of Gasoline in the Third World (1982).
“Basquiat’s complex oeuvre has established him as one of the most important innovators in modern art, even thirty years after his death,” Brant wrote of the the artist in 2019.
“Numerous recent retrospectives have spotlighted his radical approach, illuminating his interdisciplinary contributions to music, poetry, performance, and art and cementing him as one of the most forward-thinking artists of his generation, whose complex engagement with social and political questions makes him more relevant than ever.”