In the 1980s, photographer and writer Roland Hagenberg extensively documented the New York's art world. During this time, he created a series of extraordinary portraits of Jean-Michel Basquiat, capturing the painter at work, watching TV, even taking drugs.
Just a few years later, Jean-Michel Basquiat died from a heroin overdose at the age of 28. Hagenberg's black and white photographs of the cult artist's dark-romantic world are now exhibited for the first time in Europe.
The images were shot using 35-mm Ilford HP5 film. A large-scale version of the original contact sheet, mounted on a 150 × 110 cm aluminium panel, is also part of the exhibition.
Roland Hagenberg grew up in Vienna. He has lived in Tokyo for the past twenty years. Joint projects with other artists have always played an important role in his creative career. Among his collaborators are Martin Kippenberger (for the book Vom Jugendstil zum Freistil), Karel Appel (for the essay collection Dupe of Being), and Yayoi Kusama (for the limited edition plantSÜDEN).
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