IN PERSON: SAMO, an unknown teenager, emerged into the public's consciousness in 1979 through his graffiti on downtown Manhattan walls. Three years later, now known as Jean-Michel Basquiat, he painted a work that in 2016 sold for $110.5 million at auction. Charming, rebellious and inspired, Basquiat was an artist, a celebrity, an art star and more. A man without a high school education, he had surprising insights into the tensions of modern culture. When he died at 27 of a drug overdose, Basquiat left an enormous oeuvre that continues to thrill and puzzle an art world that has so far failed to successfully categorize him. Mentee and friend of Andy Warhol's, rival and friend of Keith Haring's, influenced by Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly, Basquiat remains distinctly unique. This in-person course will explore the life and work of one of our most intriguing contemporary artists. We will look at the great body of his art and the eclectic influences he chose to inform his work. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Joyce Nereaux is a private art dealer working with minimalist and conceptual art. For over 40 years she has been a gallery owner and director, private dealer and adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She represented major figures in contemporary art. As a friend and associate of Annina Nosei, the gallerist and patron who was critical to Basquiat’s entry into the formal art world, Nereaux was a close observer of the development and ultimate artistic success of Basquiat.