Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story

A tightly focused, thematic exhibition of work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, supplemented with work by others of his generation, will explore a formative chapter in the artist’s career through the lens of his identity and the role of cultural activism in NYC during the early 1980s.
, 'Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart),' 1983, Guggenheim Museum

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart), 1983

Guggenheim Museum

Permanent collection

, 'La Hara,' 1981, Guggenheim Museum

Jean-Michel Basquiat

La Hara, 1981

Guggenheim Museum

On loan

, 'Back of Neck,' 1983, Guggenheim Museum

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Back of Neck, 1983

Guggenheim Museum

On loan

, 'Untitled (Sheriff),' 1981, Guggenheim Museum

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Untitled (Sheriff), 1981

Guggenheim Museum

On loan

, 'Charles the First,' 1983, Guggenheim Museum

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Charles the First, 1983

Guggenheim Museum

On loan