Gallery Opening: Times Square Show Revisited Begins Sept. 14

Friday, September 7, 2012

In the 1980s, painter Jean-Michel Basquiat stirred up all sorts of controversy during “Times Square Revisited,” a show organized by Collaborative Projects. Basquiat allegedly painted “Free Sex” above a doorway (as part of the show, which he was later forced to remove) to nuance style of acrylic and spray paint murals both inside and out.

The attention that came to Basquiat during the exhibition helped make him a name. Art dealer Jeffrey Deitch and The Village Voice’s Richard Goldsteinwere extremely impressed by his “paintings,” which were not just street graffiti, and gave him rave reviews. He then focused on his paintings after the show concluded.

Starting Friday, September 14, and running through December 8, Basquiat and over 40 other artists will be celebrated during  “Times Square Show Revisited,” an exhibition at Hunter College’s The Leubsdorf Gallery, on 68th Street. An opening reception will be held September 13. Other artists’ works on display are Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Tom Otterness, Judy Rifka and Jenny Holzer.

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