Get up close at Basquiat’s first large-scale exhibit in Tokyo

Jean Michel Basquiat exhibition at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi
Jean Michel Basquiat exhibition at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi

Get up close at Basquiat’s first large-scale exhibit in Tokyo

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Jean-Michel Basquiat rose from graffiti hobbyist to king of the glitzy 1980s art world in just a few years. In a mere decade, he produced thousands of drawings and paintings to cement his position as a prolific painter and modern-day folklorist. In addition to the aesthetics of jazz, hip-hop and African culture, he incorporated many Japanese motifs: hiragana, the yen sign, symbols of the (then-booming) Japanese economy. “Made in Japan,” Basquiat’s first large-scale exhibition in the country, explores this little-known relationship with over 130 paintings, drawings, 3-D figures and videoworks.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made in Japan
Where: Mori Arts Center Gallery 6-10-1 Roppongi
When: Runs through Nov. 17
Hours: M-F 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: 2,100 yen (about $19.53) general admission.
Website: basquiat.tokyo (in Japanese)

 

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