His iconic symbols have become a part of pop culture today. From reprints, t-shirts, mugs and countless amounts of memorabilia, Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has influenced the world around us.

The Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibition: Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks offers new insight into his work. Featuring over 160 pages of poetry, sketches, wordplay and personal observations that range from street life, popular culture and world history, the exhibition helps piece together his artistic process and influences. His most revered subject matter: crowns, tepees and skeleton-like figures can be seen in the notebooks along with an interplay of text and images.

Photos courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum.

Learn more at Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
April 3–August 23, 2015
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor

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