If you’re bored in the house this summer and running out of preoccupations, a new art gallery might just be your next stop. Don’t worry, there’s no need to go anywhere… you can view the entire exhibition right from your home.
In 2019, when going to galleries was still a thing, The Brant Foundation established a two-month Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition in New York’s East Village. The full exhibit spans four floors, comprising almost 70 of the famous contemporary artist’s works from 1980 to 1987. For those of us who missed the original viewing, its virtual counterpart, captured using 360 VR technology, is now available.
Highlights from the exhibition include many of Basquiat’s well-known large canvas paintings, including the multi-paneled Grillo (1984) and Price of Gasoline in the Third World (1982), among many of his self-portraits.
Basquiat wasn’t just an artist, but an activist who shed light on social issues such as racial inequality and police brutality. Among his most famous pieces in the exhibit are portraits of his heroes – jazz legend, Charlie Packer and boxer, Sugar Ray Robinson.
More than 30 years after his passing, Basquiat’s work still instills a wealth of hope, giving a voice to those who go unheard. During these challenging, uncertain times, a little bit of optimism is just what we need.
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