The great exhibition spaces of Paris have succeeded in bringing a taste of different cultures and art histories to French art lovers this year. There have been impressive shows that highlight the creativity and history of Japan, the symbolism of the Baltic states and the great minds of Germany, America and more. The Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton is another great celebration of American art – and a great way to round off the year.
Basquiat was a pioneer of the New York movement of the 1980s and his work still resonates with viewers today. This exhibition covers a vast range of work from the artist's short career. There are some of the most important paintings of his time in New York, including Obnoxious Liberals (1982), In Italian (1983), and Riding with Death (1988).
Another interesting aspect to this presentation is the use of work where Basquiat collaborated with Andy Warhol. This, therefore, means that art lovers have the perfect opportunity to see the expressions of two of the greatest minds of the New York art scene in one building. This is a great opportunity to come and learn about Basquiat as an artist, but also about the era in American art history more generally.
This is an important exhibition for the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The great news for those keen to see this exhibition in all its glory is that there is still plenty of time to do so. The show continues for the rest of the year right until the 14th of January.
The other brilliant detail about this show is that it takes place over so much of the Frank Gehry building. This all means that visitors can come back to this Jean-Michel Basquiat show again and again to make the most of these great paintings.