Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time debuts at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Opening February 7, 2015 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time is the first-ever retrospective of the artist’s work in Canada and will feature over 80 major paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America. The exhibition is organized by the AGO and guest curated by art historian Dieter Buchhart.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) was one of the most revolutionary artists of the 1980s. An overnight celebrity and art world superstar by age 20, he became famous for his powerful paintings that referenced the world around him—art history, music, the urban environment and popular culture—to explore issues of race, identity and social injustice. In this rare thematic survey the reoccurring motifs and messages that underlie these images will be considered. Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at age 27, Basquiat’s groundbreaking drawings and paintings continue to challenge perceptions, provoke vital dialogues and empower us to think critically about the world around us. Exploring Basquiat’s present-day relevance, the AGO exhibition will feature contemporary Toronto voices that connect this important artist, his work and his ideas to the here and now.  

Making its only North American stop, the exhibition will run in Toronto at the AGO until May 10, 2015.

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