Adjaye Associates designs exhibition that celebrates Jean-Michel Basquiat’s vibrant life

Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure
601 West 26th Street, New York
Open indefinitely

To begin experiencing Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure even before I set foot in the Starrett-Lehigh Building in New York’s Chelsea district, I queued up “Listen Like Basquiat: Childhood,” one of four Spotify playlists curated to accompany the exhibit. The voices of Lena Horne and Dinah Washington buoy me on what’s otherwise an oppressively hot day. When I arrived, I was greeted by a recording of Jean-Michel reading from the Book of Genesis, along with a number of portraits from various stages of his life.

Taken together, the exhibition feels less like a retrospective

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