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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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Yosuke Ueno: Sweet Candylands

Sweet, big-eyed characters in brightly colored lands populate the paintings of Japanese artist Yosuke Ueno. But with tones just off & the blank to somber expressions of his cute creatures, these magical dreamworlds seem on the cusp of becoming nightmares.

“I sometimes say that artists are parallel to scientists. Scientists have no way of knowing the result of an experiment beforehand. The same can be said about creating art.”

Yosuke has a solo show at Thinkspace Gallery May 23 - June 13, 2015.

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