Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition


This is an exclusive exhibition of never-seen-before photographs in Ireland, of the iconic American artist, as well as paintings that interpret Basquiat’s world and vision.

The must-see exhibition will launch in Dublin 13th November 2019, at Sal Fine Art. On view are 12 images of Jean-Michel Basquiat by Austrian artist, writer, and photographer, Roland Hagenberg, next to artist Joe Henry’s paintings, which interpret Basquiat’s world and vision.

Hagenberg and Henry also collaborated on a large size artwork. This is the follow-up to the recent successful LCD Soundsystem Exhibition at The Guinness Open Gate Brewery / Sal Fine Art in Dublin, which Joe Henry also curated.

Nigel Tynan of Sal Fine Art stated:

“Bringing this exhibition to Ireland for the first time is a real dream come true. It’s fantastic to be able to share Roland’s iconic images of Jean-Michel Basquiat, which have such a powerful human and social context. Joe Henry’s paintings are a personal and thoughtful interpretation of Basquiat’s energy and charisma.”

During the 1980s, Roland Hagenberg documented the art world in New York. Among the artists he photographed was 23-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat in his Crosby Street studio – possibly the only portraits that depict Basquiat in realistic and unfiltered terms while painting in his sombre Soho loft.

The result was a portfolio of emotional black and white images of Basquiat’s dark and romantic world – with a sense of foreboding. A few years later he died at the age of 28 years.

Roland’s portraits have significantly shaped our image of Basquiat, the artist. His photographs have been published worldwide in many monographs, catalogues and art magazines. They are currently on view at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, and were recently shown at major Basquiat exhibitions, like the The Barbican, London, and the Bank of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Brazilia.

There will also be a selection of the artworks on display at Dublin Art Source at the RDS from November 15th.

Joe Henry, curator and artist commented:

“I worked on the Andy Warhol exhibition in Dublin last Christmas, and felt this would be the perfect follow up: Reminiscing New York’s punk / art scene of the 1980s. For my paintings I took inspiration from Irish poet & punk singer, Shane MacGowan, Ireland, and NYC, to recreate the mood of Basquiat’s world in the 1980s. “

Roland Hagenberg, writer and photographer added:

“I have never set foot in Ireland before. But as a writer I have always admired its powerful poets. What better way to get to know this country than to collaborate with one of its wonderful artists like Joe Henry.




Sal Fine Art Gallery,

2 Essex Quay, Dublin

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