Basquiat’s “Defacement” at the Guggenheim Museum
Where Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Ave. New York, NY 10128
Jun 21, 2019
Nov 06, 2019
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The exhibition is a testament to the tremendous impact Michael Stewart’s death and the subsequent trial had on the circle of downtown artists for whom Stewart was a peer. To illustrate the solidarity experienced within this community at the time, paintings and prints by other artists also are on view: Haring’s Michael Stewart—USA for Africa (1985); Andy Warhol’s screenprinted “headline” painting from 1983 incorporating a New York Daily News article on Stewart’s death; David Hammons’s stenciled print The Man Nobody Killed (1986): George Condo’s Portrait of Michael Stewart (1983) and Lyle Ashton Harris’s photographic self-portrait Saint Michael Stewart (1994). The presentation also features ephemera related to Stewart’s death, including newspaper clippings and protest posters, along with artworks from Stewart’s estate. Together, these objects poignantly document the sorrow—and defiance—of a grieving community that created a moment in art history that has not been fully articulated and explored until now.
The exhibition is organized by Chaédria LaBouvier, Guest Curator