23 November 2017

Basquiat and Awol Erizku feature in a new exhibition of African American art

The artists who redefined America.

[B]ack in 1981, before he became one of the world’s highest-priced artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat showed a series at NYC’s P.S.1 entitled New York / New Wave. Mixing found writing with graphic oil-based illustrations and street signs – the works incited awe and excitement amongst the city’s art critics for their radical, emotive approach.

Almost four decades later one of the pieces from the series – ‘Untitled’, now goes on sale as part of Phillips’ galleries American African American exhibition in London.

Untitled, 1981acrylic, oil stick, pencil, spray paint,
paper collage on wood © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat /DACS, London/ADAGP, Paris/ARS, New York 2017

Curated by Arnold Lehnam, the wide-ranging exhibition celebrates the work of African American artists across mediums – encompassing sculpture, digital art, painting and portraiture.

Rashaas Newsome, Grand Prize!, 2016
Collage in custom frame with leather and automotive paint © Courtesy of De Buck Gallery

From installations by Awol Erizku – the conceptual artist best known for his iconic Beyoncé pregnancy photo, to portraits by Kehinde Wiley and photography by Carrie Mae Weems – it’s a powerful testament to the creative visionaries redefining the American art world.

Carrie Mae Weems, The Tate Modern, digital c-print © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Preview the works on display below and find out more on the Phillips website.