A new show at the Brooklyn Museum focuses on a less-known aspect of Basquiat's work: the many notebooks he wrote and drew in. Many of these writings and drawings are works unto themselves, while others are first glimpses of motifs that would later appear in important Basquiat street art paintings.
He first emerged from thein New York City as a gritty, street-smart artist who successfully crossed over from his downtown origins to the international art gallery circuit. In a few fast-paced years, Basquiat swiftly rose to become one of the most celebrated and possibly most commercially exploited American "naif" painters of the widely celebrated art movement.
His exhibit runs April 3rd through April 23rd.