Exhibitions/ Art Object

Piscine Versus the Best Hotels (or Various Loin)

Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, born Brooklyn, New York 1960–1988 New York)
Acrylic, oil paint stick, photocopies, and painted paper on paper and multiple canvas panels
62 1/4 × 82 3/4 in. (158.1 × 210.2 cm) Framed: 66 7/8 in. × 87 in. × 5 1/2 in. (169.9 × 221 × 14 cm)
Credit Line:
Schorr Family Collection
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2017. Photograph Acquavella Galleries, New York
Not on view
A study in the evocative power of irresolution and fluidity, Basquiat’s Piscine Versus the Best Hotels was created out of disparate materials, all treated with calculated irreverence. With its exposed stretcher bars, irregular joints, and hastily attached photocopies, the work appears to be falling apart at the seams. It also has the look of a page ripped from a sketchbook. Diverse ideas collide haphazardly on its surface. Images and words were recorded only to be edited immediately thereafter. At the lower right, for instance, are ten canvases of identical size; each one tests a different iteration of the same composition: a headless female torso and the word "Venus."
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art [The Met Breuer]. "Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible," March 18–September 4, 2016.