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1981: The Studio of the Street
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May 04, 2006 — May 27, 2006
76 Grand Street, New York

Curated by Glenn O'Brien and Diego Cortez

Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1981: The Studio of the Street was curated by two close friends of the artist, Diego Cortez and Glenn O’Brien. The exhibition focused on the most important transitional year in his oeuvre: 1981.

1981 was the year that Jean-Michel made the transition from working on the street to working in the studio. After attracting considerable attention in the Times Square Show in June of 1980, Basquiat backed up his nascent notoriety with a wall of phenomenal works in Diego Cortez’s New York/ New Wave exhibition at PS 1 which opened in February of 1981. It was in the middle of that year that dealer Annina Nosei offered Basquiat his first studio space of his own to prepare work for her group show Public Address opening in September.

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