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The Expo Basquiat: The Artist and His New York Scene tells the story of the young Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). It shows its development in the early 1980s in New York from graffiti writer to painter of world renown. The exhibition follows Basquiat in various phases of his young life, showing his surroundings and the works of New York contemporaries. 

The Basquiat expo focuses on five topics: Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street 1979–1980, SAMO ©, The Times Square Show, Canvases and the movie Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street 1979–1980: shows pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat when he was still living in a small apartment with his girlfriend Alexis Adler in the East Village in New York. The work from the Adler collection shows the artistic life of Basquiat before he became a famous painter.

SAMO ©: Jean-Michel Basquiat starts in 1977, at the age of 17, together with his friend Al Diaz, as a graffiti writer. The idea for SAMO © came when he and Diaz went to the City-As-School High School in Manhattan. They worked with the term SAMO ©, pronounced Same-Oh, short for Same Old Shit.

The Times Square Show: Basquiat's contribution to this expo was moving between writing graffiti and painting on canvas. From that moment he focused on painting.

Canvases: Between 1980 and his early death in 1988, Jean-Michel Basquiat creates an extensive collection of a thousand paintings and two thousand drawings. Raw paintings; colorful and painted with a high degree of freedom.

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat: is about the early years of Basquiat in New York. The documentary paints a lively picture of the rugged and bustling Lower East Side in Manhattan in the 1970s, which was determine for the young and enigmatic artist.

We at FRESHCOTTON want to highlight this young artists for his great work. The Expo can now be seen in the SCHUNK Glaspaleis. His artworks are definitely worth seeing, check the sneak peak of the exhibition below!

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