How Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Sisters Organized an Exhibition Dedicated to Their Brother’s Life and Legacy, Full of Works Unseen for Decades

Installation view of “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure,” 2022, at Starrett-Lehigh Building.PHOTO: IVANE KATAMASHVILI

“King Pleasure,” a massive exhibition and homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat organized by the late artist’s two sisters, Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, is comprised of some 100 paintings and drawings long cloistered by the artist’s estate and rarely, if ever exhibited.

Designed by starchitect Sir David Adjaye and featuring movie set–like re-creations of the family’s Brooklyn home as well as the artist’s famed Great Jones Street studio, the exhibition, which opened on Saturday at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in West Chelsea, feels a bit like visiting Marcel Proust’s bedroom at the Musée Carnivalet or Brancusi’s studio at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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