Jean-Michel Basquait: King Pleasure | 2022 Exhibition NYC

OPENING | 9. APRIL 2022

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s contributions to the history of art and his explorations of multifaceted cultural phenomena––including music, the Black experience, pop culture, Black American sports figures, literature, and other sources––will be showcased through immersive environments providing unique insight into the late artist’s creative life and his singular voice that propelled a social and cultural narrative that continues to this day.

Organized and curated by the family of Jean-Michel Basquiat, this exhibition of over 200 never-before-seen and rarely shown paintings, drawings, multimedia presentations, ephemera, and artifacts tell the story of Jean-Michel from an intimate perspective, intertwining his artistic endeavors with his personal life, influences, and the times in which he lived.

Sir David Adjaye OBE will lead the exhibition design for Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©. Renowned for designing many notable buildings around the world, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Adjaye Associates will transform the ground floor of the landmark Starrett-Lehigh Building with the remarkable story of Jean-Michel told through the lens of his family.

STARRETT
LEHIGH

601 WEST 26TH STREET,
NEW YORK, NY 10001 USA

ENTRANCE ON 27TH STREET

PAUL JOHNSON (CHICAGO) | JAN 1971 – AUG 2021

Paul Johnson (Born: Jan 11, 1971, Chicago, Illinois, USA – Died: Aug 4, 2021) was an American house DJ and producer.

He released a vast amount of music for some of the most consistently underground dance labels before hooking up with Peacefrog Records. 12″ releases on the likes of Cajual Records / Relief Records and Dance Mania led to his debut album release “Bump Talkin'” in 1996. This and the follow up “Feel The Music” became two of the most talked about releases of their time.

His remix work for Stacy Kidd, Joey Beltram, Green Velvet, Armando, Ce Ce Peniston, Ron Trent, K-Alexi, and Steve Poindexter made its way into all the big jocks boxes, many of which remain there to this day.
He lost the use of his legs as a result of a shooting accident in 1987, and required a wheelchair for mobility.

(K-HAND) THE FIRST LADY OF DETROIT TECHNO

DJ and producer Kelli Hand, who as K-Hand was a prolific, versatile and much-admired figure in Detroit’s dance music scene, has died aged 56. A cause has not been announced, but her death was confirmed by close friends on social media and to the Guardian by her agent.

Hand was named “the first lady of Detroit” by the city’s council in 2017, acknowledging a career in which she was a rare Black woman in dance music production and DJing.

Born and raised in Detroit, Hand began taking weekend trips to New York clubs as a young woman in the 1980s, frequenting Paradise Garage and being inspired by the emergent sounds of house and techno. While working on the fraud team of a phone company, she began DJing in the late 80s, earning local residencies.
She started producing her own music and founded the label UK House Records – later renamed Acacia Records – to release it, with her debut EP, Think About It, coming in 1990. Techno stars Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Mike Banks and Mike Clarke assisted on the recording. She continued to release tracks spanning jackin’ house, ghettotech and the pounding minimalism of Detroit techno, and her star spread to Europe where she began touring in the mid-1990s. The UK label Warp Records released a 1994 single, Global Warning.
She released the first of seven studio albums in 1995, and steadily continued to release music until 2020.

In 2016, she explained her approach to DJing and production, favouring hardware over software: “If it’s not on vinyl, it’s not final, that’s the bottom line,” she said. “Because you need that warm sound, that analogue sound – not the robotic mouse clicking sound. From 2000 it’s all been Einstein, twinky-twinky electronic computer-mouse-clicking music. A lot of people produce by putting things in blocks on a screen. Some people make good music doing that, but for me that’s not producing – you’re playing a computer game.”

The dance music community has paid tribute, with Mike Servito saying: “She was pioneering! You leave us with an inspirational Detroit music legacy,” and Octave One saying: “Our Detroit Sista will truly be missed.”

words by Ben Beaumont-Thomas @ The Guardian