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The Unknown Notebooks of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Graffitist, painter, actor, poet: The late artist’s rarely seen personal writings and sketches are expressions of 1980s downtown New York, and, perhaps, of his truest vision.

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The Brooklyn Museum has unbound eight notebooks penned by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, from 1980 to 1987 (through August 23). 

Some 160 pages freed from these notebooks are spread out along the walls, as well as around 30 visual artworks demonstrating Basquiat’s translation of language into painting. 

It’s not entirely clear if we are to treat the writings as keys to understanding Basquiat’s output, or, alternatively, as unscripted artifacts from his life. 

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