Edinburgh: The Fruitmarket Gallery, 1984 (09), 29,8×22 cm. Softcover. Unpaginated. English. Early exhibition catalogue for the first showing of Basquiat’s work in the UK. Features amazing front and back cover – even perfect for framing – along with 16 colour reproductions of works, one b&w photo portrait of the artist, text by the curator of the exhibition Mark Francis and exhibition checklist. Joined: the very rare exhibition invite (bifolium; 21×15 cm). Important JMB set of items, both extremely scarce even more so as a set.
Curated by Mark Francis, this exhibition was the first showing of Basquiat’s work in the UK. (…) The exhibition featured 16 of Basquiat’s large works on canvas, including In Italian (1983), Hollywood Africans (1983), Charles the First (1982), Self Portrait as a Heel (1982), and Leonardo da Vinci’s Greatest Hits (1982). Basquiat’s paintings were installed in the lower gallery, while an exhibition of the prints, drawings, and books of the composer John Cage took place on the upper level; this lent itself to much contrast and comparison of the two artists in press reviews.
The exhibition toured to the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
The Fruitmarket Gallery