STREET 2 SPOKE, an exhibition to honor the work of Neo-expressionist, Jean Michel Basquiat and his inﬂuence on gra#ti and street art. b.j. spoke gallery at 299 Main Street in Huntington, N.Y. will be showing never-before-seen drawings by Jean-Michel Basquiat along with art by gallery members, and well-known, grafittii artists; Andaluz the Artist, COPE2, and EASY. STREET 2 SPOKE opens on June 25 and will run through July 28, 2019,The centerpiece of the exhibit will be the ﬁrst ever viewing of some of the earliest known original drawings by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Along with several pencil drawings, there is a colorful work on paper entitled “Teenage Gangs of the 50’s.” It was produced by Basquiat when he was a 6th grade student attending P.S. 101 in Brooklyn. Basquiat was part of an Art Squad taught by b.j. spoke artist Cindy Shechter, who saved pieces of his work that Basquiat had torn up and discarded.
Cindy’s experience with a very young Basquiat is chronicled in a new documentary, A Few Things Basquiat Did in School, by award-winning ﬁlmmaker Peter Josyph. Artists Opening Reception for BASQUIAT- STREET 2 SPOKE at b.j. spoke gallery on Saturday, July 13, from 6 – 9 p.m. The Opening Reception will be the ONLY time, these never before seen works by Jean-Michel Basquiat will exhibited in the gallery. The documentary, A Few Things Basquiat Did in School, will play in its place, on all the other days of the exhibition. Please visit our facebook event page to reserve your spot at the Opening on July 13th.
Donations are requested and will go to providing art supplies for elementary schools in need.