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Basquiat: in love and in the nude

The artist's former girlfriend is to exhibit works from her personal archive

The artist and his girlfriend. Photo: courtesy of Paige Powell and The Suzanne Geiss Company

A former girlfriend of Jean-Michel Basquiat is to exhibit works from her personal archive, including a series of black-and-white nude portraits of the artist, who died in 1988. Paige Powell, a photographer and art adviser, took the photographs in 1983 in her Upper West Side apartment.

The images show the painter lounging on a futon and drawing while watching cartoons. They are due to go on show at the Suzanne Geiss Company gallery in New York (“Jean-Michel Basquiat, Reclining Nude”, 16 January-22 February 2014).

“The photographs provide an intimate look into our private lives while we were together in the early 1980s. They are at once vulnerable and trusting images of our love and the daily life of Jean-Michel Basquiat,” Powell says.

Basquiat held private shows of his paintings and drawings in Powell’s apartment—an early platform for the budding artist. Powell worked for Interview magazine and was instrumental in fostering the relationship between Basquiat and Andy Warhol, the magazine’s founder.

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