Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks | Opens February 28, 2016 at the High Museum of Art

graphite and ink on board
Untitled Notebook (cover) #3 1980-1981

Today,  I attended the media preview of Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at the High Museum of Art. This amazing collection will be open to the public on February 28, 2016. It is truly a must-see show! I was very excited to see it since Basquiat is one of my favorite artist.

The exhibition, organized by the Brooklyn Museum, features 160 rarely seen unbound notebook pages by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Before his death at the age of 27, Basquiat produced some 600 paintings, 1500 drawings, and a few sculptures. This Brooklyn born artist, showed his first public exhibit in 1980 at the Time Square Show which ultimately led to his rise in fame. The private, diary like notebooks, are a more intimate look into the artistically genius mind of Basquiat.


Untitled Notebook #3

The notebooks are written mostly in black ink and in all capital letters. You will also see that Basquiat only wrote on the right hand pages. His iconic crown appears in his earlier notes notebooks in year 1980-1981. His notebook pages contain poetry, observations, and notes about the world around him. The pages of 8 notebooks are on display so make sure you allow plenty of time to soak it all in.

Untitled Crayon Drawings (set of 10) 1982

Along with the notebooks,  we are fortunate to also have larger pieces by Basquiat also on view. 


untitled (crown) 1982
untitled 1981
Untitled (Leonardo da Vinci) 1982
Untitled 1982-1983

In addition to this highly anticipated exhibit, The High Museum of Art also has the following events scheduled. Visit for ticket information.

Free Family Festival at the Woodruff Arts Center

Sunday, March 13,2016 12pm-5pm

Film Screen:  Jean-Michel Basquiat:  The Radiant Child

Friday, April 1, 2016 6:30pm

Talk: Franklin Sirmans

Thursday, May 12, 2016 7pm
While you’re there, step into the Museum  Shop! They have some really cute Basquiat inspired merchandise for purchase!



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