Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibit ‘King Pleasure’ Will Be on Display in 2022

By: Maximillian Boudreaux

A first-of-its-kind art experience is being developed in honor of Jean-Michel Basquiat next year.  

Family of the late graffiti artist plan to put on an exhibit called “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure” in his hometown of New York City. This inaugural art experience will open in the Spring of 2022 at New York’s landmarked Starrett-Leigh Building, according to ArtNet News.  

The idea for this exhibit was conceived during lockdown by Basquiat’s sisters, Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux. They run the Jean-Michel Basquiat Estate with their stepmother, Nora Fitzpatrick. 


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The experience will showcase 200 never-before-seen and rarely seen paintings, drawings, multimedia presentations, ephemera and artifacts.  

“Much of what has been shared about Jean-Michel, thus far, has stemmed from the perspective of those who met or knew Jean-Michel at a specific point in time,” the sisters told Artnet News in an email. 

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“We are constantly approached by people who want to know and hear more about who Jean-Michel was. Many are budding artists themselves who are seeking inspiration through connecting to Jean-Michel’s story,” they added. “Only we can provide the broader context of his cultural and familial roots, and how those played into the narrative of his art.” 

Tidbits about the exhibition, such as the particular art that will be on display and the logistics for purchasing tickets, are still being negotiated. However, the sisters are positive that the show will impact audiences.  

“We hope they take away inspiration [and] a deeper appreciation for Jean-Michel’s humanity, journey, and all that he brought to pop culture and art,” Lisane Basquiat and Heriveaux said. 


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