Exhibitions: Basquiat

The Daros Suite
Created in 1982–83, these thirty-two drawings were acquired from Basquiat as a single group, and they reveal the artist working out his ideas on paper. We catch a glimpse of his creative method: the sequencing of unconnected ideas; the practice of building up dense patterns of images and texts by transcribing from various illustrated books; the interest in history, science, commerce, and popular culture; and the development of slogans and texts from found and invented elements. Especially, we can see here how Basquiat deliberately honed a technique that might be called "suggestive incoherence," in which he created images that are intentionally confusing in order to hold the viewer's attention longer.

Basquiat did not make preparatory sketches as part of the planning process for his paintings, and his drawings are considered independent works of art in their own right.

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