To say that the past two years have been challenging is an understatement. It’s been a rough time and everyone is looking for new ways to relax, shake off the stress and anxiety, and take care of their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. To do so, many folks have turned to art.
Whether taking online art courses, participating in virtual tours of famous museums and galleries, or simply enjoying nature and architecture a little more during walks around the neighborhood, art has been a great source of comfort during these tumultuous times.
Now that many of the public health restrictions that were put in place in 2020 are being lifted, it’s time to go enjoy art in person. And this month, one of the coolest exhibits focused on one of Brooklyn’s most famous artists opens at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea: “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure”.
Keep reading to learn more about this exciting new art experience!
About The Artist: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Jean-Michel Basquiat took the NYC art scene by storm in the 1980s. Although he first gained attention as part of graffiti duo in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Basquiat gained worldwide recognition when he participated in the “Times Square Show”, a multi-artist exhibition in 1980. After participating in this legendary exhibition, Basquiat started to run in art circles with such luminaries as artist Andy Warhol and renowned art dealer Bruno Bischofberger.
Throughout the 80s, Basquiat’s paintings and drawings were exhibited in many of the finest galleries. His striking artwork focused on such topics as colonialism, class structures and racism. While Basquiat broke new ground in the art world, he died at the height of his fame at the age of 27.
Throughout the years, his work continues to inspire generations of new artists. Fans of his work and art enthusiasts in general are about to enjoy a great gift this spring. A new exhibition of Basquiat’s work presented by his family.
About The Exhibit: “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure”
Opening on April 9 at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea, the new exhibit “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure”. Taking its name from his painting “King Pleasure” inspired by a jazz singer who Basquiat’s dad admired), the exhibit presents 200 never-before-seen and lesser-known paintings, drawings and multimedia presentations by the legendary artist.
Tickets for this special event are now on sale. If you or someone you know is interested in seeing these unearthed art treasures, we recommend that you order your tickets right away as certain dates are already sold out.
If you can’t make it to this exhibit, but you still want to enjoy art in Brooklyn, you don’t have to travel very far.
363 Bond Street apartments showcase some of the most eye catching and aesthetically pleasing pieces of art created by contemporary Brooklyn-based artists. From the lively mural overlooking our rooftop pool to our gallery-inspired entryway, the joy, passion, energy and creativity of the Brooklyn arts scene can be felt in every aspect of our building. Step outside our door and you’ll enjoy the many visual treats on display throughout the Gowanus neighborhood.
Contact us today to experience some of the best art in Brooklyn and the finest apartments in our culture-rich community.