The groundbreaking exhibit is the latest achievement of the Mile High City’s increasingly important arts scene–a report by Haley Gray for 5280.com.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a city to raise an artist. The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA) all but delcares this in their groundreaking new exhibition on the young Jean-Michel Basquiat. With the thesis-driven curation of never-before-seen materials from a pre-fame period of the artist’s young life, the LoDo museum has amplified its increasingly influential voice in the contemporary art world.
Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980, unveiled earlier this month, is part of an ambitious, three-year-old initiative by MCA to create deeply researched curations that add to, if not totally re-imagine, the art world’s understanding of major artists. It is composed of materials lent to the museum by his former girlfriend, Alexis Adler, and is accompanied by a book of essays on the this period of the artist’s life produced by the museum.