Pentagram’s Abbott Miller is designing the approach to graphics that connect the exhibition design, book, advertising and merchandise for Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©, a major retrospective set to open at New York’s landmark Starrett-Lehigh Building on April 9, 2022. The exhibition is the first to be curated and executive produced solely by the Jean-Michel Basquiat Estate and will feature over 200 never before and rarely seen paintings, drawings, ephemera and artifacts to create an intimate and multidimensional portrait of Jean-Michel that can only be told by his family.
Renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE will serve as the exhibition designer for Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©. The exhibition will share Jean-Michel’s work and story through several thematically arranged galleries, each of which will have works, artifacts, and a dedicated soundtrack. The immersive experience will include an environmental evocation of Jean-Michel’s childhood home and a recreation of Jean-Michel’s Great Jones Street studio, as well as a gallery of oral histories from members of his family and a close circle of friends.
“The most exciting aspect of the project is participating in a completely unique opportunity to interpret the work from such a personal perspective,” says Miller. “The framework of the show as a family-initiated project gives it this incredibly powerful point of view, a really unprecedented lens through which to see his work.”
“I envision the exhibition as an intimate narrative journey that not only displays his trailblazing career but cultivates his spirit and mission through the eyes and insights of his family,” says Adjaye.
The Basquiat family is producing the exhibition with Ileen Gallagher, principal of ISG Productions, with whom Miller has previously collaborated on projects for The Rolling Stones, Harley-Davidson and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
More information and advance tickets here.