Visual Culture: Jean-Michel Basquiat's Unseen Works + Alexis Adler x Animal New York
Embryologist and Jean-Michel Basquiat ex-something Alexis Adler recently announced plans to reveal a collection of never before seen works from the late artist. Beginning with the apartment they shared – the East Village residence Adler later purchased and left untouched – Adler has plans to display the works Basquiat left all over the walls and doors in a book about the collection including sketches on legal pads, notebooks, photographs, postcards and clothing. Adler also possesses the script for a play Basquiat wrote. An immediately monumental and likely priceless development for the art world, Basquiat’s remaining works will be assessed by Adler and her advisors for potential exhibition and possibly even sale. Basquiat’s former assistant Stephen Torton will represent Adler in future sales of any works. Filmmaker Sara Driver and art critic Luc Sante are interested in assisting Adler on the more creative side of the massive undertaking. The collection is currently in the process of being restored and catalogued by Lisa Rosen and Sur Rodney Sur respectively. In the meantime Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work remains on display at New York City’s Gagosian Gallery and an exhibition of Basquiat’s notebooks will begin at Paris’ Musée d’Art Moderne in 2014. In the meantime Alexis Adler shares a personal story with Animal New York that sheds a little light on their East Village apartment and what’s to come.