Courtesy High Museum
Courtesy High Museum

The High Museum will host Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks opening tomorrow, Feb. 28, through May 29. The exhibition will feature rare notebooks created by Jean-Michel Basquiat, offering an intimate look at the life of the influential contemporary artist who died tragically at age 27 in 1988.

Filled with Basquiat’s handwritten texts and sketches, the 160 unbound notebook pages will be presented along with 30 related paintings, drawings and mixed-media works drawn from private collections and the artist’s estate, as well as a Basquiat painting from the High’s collection.

Created between 1980 and 1987, the notebooks demonstrate how Basquiat began to develop the artistic strategies that would inform his large-scale works. He combined text and images in a raw expressionist style to explore culture and society through historical and popular themes.

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.