Gallery 98

Art Ephemera 1963 – 2001

From the Exhibition: 40 Top Art Events of the Downtown Era: A Timeline, 1974–1992

Vrej Baghoomian, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Exhibition Invitation, 1988

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Offset print, 6″ x 9″ (folded); 10 1/2″ x 9″ (open)

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s exhibition at Vrej Baghoomian would be the artist’s last before his death several months later—a death that seems almost foreshadowed by the announcement’s austere design, colorless palette, and solemn portrait photograph. The absence, on the invitation, of any of Basquiat’s work reflects his outsize celebrity stature, as abetted by his savvy use of the media. In the photo, he clutches the copy of Jack Kerouac’s The Subterraneans that he kept in his suitcase wherever he went, and which fueled his late literary aspirations.

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