Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Sketchbooks for Arto

05.03.11 Marina Galperina

“Didn’t they call graffiti artists writers?” asks musician Arto Lindsay. Back when Gray opened for DNA, Basquiat left a stack of torn-out notebook pages in his apartment. So, here they are: never-before-exhibited scribbles and poems.

The concrete poetry is more important than the sketches: “The writing is trenchant and prescient like the rest of his work,” says Art Lindsay. “For him, poetry was first among the arts.” “Sketchbook for Arto,” Jean-Michel Basquiat, May 7 (Opening 3-6pm) – May 28, As If Gallery, New York