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Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick and colored pencil on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT John Lurie, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
John Lurie, 1982
Oilstick on paper
42.75 x 30.13 inches / 108.6 x 76.5 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled (Portrait), 1984

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled (Portrait), 1984
Oilstick and colored pencil on paper
30 x 22.3 inches / 76.2 x 56.6 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1981

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1981
Acrylic, oilstick and ink on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm)

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled (Figure JMB #1), 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled (Figure JMB #1), 1982
Acrylic and oilstick on paper
39.5 x 27.5 inches / 100.3 x 69.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick on paper
60 x 40 inches / 152.4 x 101.6 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick on paper
60 x 40 inches / 152.4 x 101.6 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Black Man, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Black Man, 1982
Oilstick on paper
42.5 x 30.1 inches / 108 x 76.5 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Self-Portrait, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Self-Portrait, 1982
Colored crayon, black felt tip pen, and acrylic on Arches wove paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick and paper collage on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled (Head of a Madman), 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled (Head of a Madman), 1982
Oilstick on paper mounted on canvas
43 x 31 inches / 109.2 x 78.7 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick and ink on Arches paper
42.8 x 30.4 inches / 108.7 x 77.2 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Pastel, oilstick, colored crayon and charcoal on paper
30 x 43 inches / 76.2 x 109.2 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled (Man with Hat), 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled (Man with Hat), 1982
Oilstick on paper
63.5 x 44 inches / 161.3 x 111.8 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1987

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1987
Oilstick on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1981

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1981
Oilstick on paper
19.5 x 24 inches / 49.5 x 61 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Standing Man, 1981

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Standing Man, 1981
Oilstick on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Head, 1982-1983

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Head, 1982-1983
Oilstick on paper
19 x 24 inches / 48.3 x 61 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Self-Portrait, 1984

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Self-Portrait, 1984
Acrylic and oil on sketch paper mounted on canvas
39 x 28 inches / 99.1 x 71.1 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick and black ink on paper
39.5 x 27.8 inches / 100.3 x 70.6 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Reclining Nude, 1983

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Reclining Nude, 1983
Crayon on paper
46.5 x 64 inches / 118.1 x 162.6 cm

EGON SCHIELE Zwei Sitzende (Two Seated Girls), 1911

EGON SCHIELE
Zwei Sitzende (Two Seated Girls), 1911
Pencil on paper
22 x 14.5 inches / 55.9 x 36.8 cm

EGON SCHIELE Sitzender Halbakt (Seated Semi-Nude), 1914

EGON SCHIELE
Sitzender Halbakt (Seated Semi-Nude), 1914
Gouache and pencil on wove paper
19 x 12.7 inches / 48.3 x 32.3 cm

EGON SCHIELE Liegender Männlicher Akt (Reclining Male Nude), 1911

EGON SCHIELE
Liegender Männlicher Akt (Reclining Male Nude), 1911
Gouache, watercolor, and pencil on paper
14 x 21.3 inches / 35.6 x 54.1 cm

EGON SCHIELE Gerti in Orange Hat, 1910

EGON SCHIELE
Gerti in Orange Hat, 1910
Gouache, crayon and pencil on paper
17.5 x 12 inches / 44.5 x 30.5 cm

EGON SCHIELE Liegender Akt (Reclining Nude), 1910

EGON SCHIELE
Liegender Akt (Reclining Nude), 1910
Watercolour and gouache over pencil on buff paper
21.7 x 14.5 inches / 55.1 x 36.8 cm

EGON SCHIELE Mann und Frau (Umarmung) (Man and Woman [Embrace]), 1917

EGON SCHIELE
Mann und Frau (Umarmung) (Man and Woman [Embrace]), 1917
Gouache and black crayon on paper
17.8 x 11.6 inches / 45.2 x 29.5 cm

EGON SCHIELE Self-Portrait in Jerkin with Right Elbow Raised, 1914

EGON SCHIELE
Self-Portrait in Jerkin with Right Elbow Raised, 1914
Gouache, watercolor and black crayon on paper
18.8 x 12.3 inches / 47.8 x 31.2 cm

EGON SCHIELE Männlicher Akt (Male Nude), 1910

EGON SCHIELE
Männlicher Akt (Male Nude), 1910
Gouache and watercolor on paper
17.3 x 11.5 inches / 43.9 x 29.2 cm

EGON SCHIELE Portrait eines Knaben (Young Boy), 1910

EGON SCHIELE
Portrait eines Knaben (Young Boy), 1910
Gouache over pencil on tan paper
17.9 x 12.4 inches / 45.5 x 31.5 cm

EGON SCHIELE Self-Portrait in Green Shirt with Closed Eyes, 1914

EGON SCHIELE
Self-Portrait in Green Shirt with Closed Eyes, 1914
Gouache and pencil on paper
19.13 x 12.5 inches / 48.6 x 31.8 cm

CY TWOMBLY Untitled, 1964

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1964
Graphite, coloured pencil, wax crayon and ballpoint pen on paper
27.33 x 39.25 inches / 69.4 x 99.7 cm

CY TWOMBLY

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1969
Watercolor, wax crayon, felt-tip pen and colored pencil on paper
23 x 30.75 inches / 58.4 x 78.1 cm

CY TWOMBLY Untitled, 1967

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1967
Pencil on cardboard
26.7 x 34.1 inches / 67.8 x 86.6 cm

CY TWOMBLY Untitled, 1971

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1971
Oil-base housepaint, graphite and colored wax crayon on paper
33.5 x 27.5 inches / 85.1 x 69.9 cm

CY TWOMBLY Untitled, 1976

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1976
Graphite, oil, pastel and paper on two sheets of card
55.2 x 39.3 inches / 140.2 x 99.8 cm

CY TWOMBLY Untitled, 1972

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1972
Graphite and crayon on paper
61 x 78 inches / 154.9 x 198.1 cm

CY TWOMBLY Seguso, 1976

CY TWOMBLY
Seguso, 1976
Watercolor, crayon and pencil on paper
38.3 x 50 inches / 97.3 x 127 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick and colored pencil on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT John Lurie, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
John Lurie, 1982
Oilstick on paper
42.75 x 30.13 inches / 108.6 x 76.5 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled (Portrait), 1984

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled (Portrait), 1984
Oilstick and colored pencil on paper
30 x 22.3 inches / 76.2 x 56.6 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1981

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1981
Acrylic, oilstick and ink on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm)

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled (Figure JMB #1), 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled (Figure JMB #1), 1982
Acrylic and oilstick on paper
39.5 x 27.5 inches / 100.3 x 69.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick on paper
60 x 40 inches / 152.4 x 101.6 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick on paper
60 x 40 inches / 152.4 x 101.6 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Black Man, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Black Man, 1982
Oilstick on paper
42.5 x 30.1 inches / 108 x 76.5 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Self-Portrait, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Self-Portrait, 1982
Colored crayon, black felt tip pen, and acrylic on Arches wove paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick and paper collage on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled (Head of a Madman), 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled (Head of a Madman), 1982
Oilstick on paper mounted on canvas
43 x 31 inches / 109.2 x 78.7 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick and ink on Arches paper
42.8 x 30.4 inches / 108.7 x 77.2 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Pastel, oilstick, colored crayon and charcoal on paper
30 x 43 inches / 76.2 x 109.2 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled (Man with Hat), 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled (Man with Hat), 1982
Oilstick on paper
63.5 x 44 inches / 161.3 x 111.8 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1987

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1987
Oilstick on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1981

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1981
Oilstick on paper
19.5 x 24 inches / 49.5 x 61 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Standing Man, 1981

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Standing Man, 1981
Oilstick on paper
30 x 22 inches / 76.2 x 55.9 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Head, 1982-1983

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Head, 1982-1983
Oilstick on paper
19 x 24 inches / 48.3 x 61 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Self-Portrait, 1984

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Self-Portrait, 1984
Acrylic and oil on sketch paper mounted on canvas
39 x 28 inches / 99.1 x 71.1 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Untitled, 1982

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Untitled, 1982
Oilstick and black ink on paper
39.5 x 27.8 inches / 100.3 x 70.6 cm

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Reclining Nude, 1983

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Reclining Nude, 1983
Crayon on paper
46.5 x 64 inches / 118.1 x 162.6 cm

EGON SCHIELE Zwei Sitzende (Two Seated Girls), 1911

EGON SCHIELE
Zwei Sitzende (Two Seated Girls), 1911
Pencil on paper
22 x 14.5 inches / 55.9 x 36.8 cm

EGON SCHIELE Sitzender Halbakt (Seated Semi-Nude), 1914

EGON SCHIELE
Sitzender Halbakt (Seated Semi-Nude), 1914
Gouache and pencil on wove paper
19 x 12.7 inches / 48.3 x 32.3 cm

EGON SCHIELE Liegender Männlicher Akt (Reclining Male Nude), 1911

EGON SCHIELE
Liegender Männlicher Akt (Reclining Male Nude), 1911
Gouache, watercolor, and pencil on paper
14 x 21.3 inches / 35.6 x 54.1 cm

EGON SCHIELE Gerti in Orange Hat, 1910

EGON SCHIELE
Gerti in Orange Hat, 1910
Gouache, crayon and pencil on paper
17.5 x 12 inches / 44.5 x 30.5 cm

EGON SCHIELE Liegender Akt (Reclining Nude), 1910

EGON SCHIELE
Liegender Akt (Reclining Nude), 1910
Watercolour and gouache over pencil on buff paper
21.7 x 14.5 inches / 55.1 x 36.8 cm

EGON SCHIELE Mann und Frau (Umarmung) (Man and Woman [Embrace]), 1917

EGON SCHIELE
Mann und Frau (Umarmung) (Man and Woman [Embrace]), 1917
Gouache and black crayon on paper
17.8 x 11.6 inches / 45.2 x 29.5 cm

EGON SCHIELE Self-Portrait in Jerkin with Right Elbow Raised, 1914

EGON SCHIELE
Self-Portrait in Jerkin with Right Elbow Raised, 1914
Gouache, watercolor and black crayon on paper
18.8 x 12.3 inches / 47.8 x 31.2 cm

EGON SCHIELE Männlicher Akt (Male Nude), 1910

EGON SCHIELE
Männlicher Akt (Male Nude), 1910
Gouache and watercolor on paper
17.3 x 11.5 inches / 43.9 x 29.2 cm

EGON SCHIELE Portrait eines Knaben (Young Boy), 1910

EGON SCHIELE
Portrait eines Knaben (Young Boy), 1910
Gouache over pencil on tan paper
17.9 x 12.4 inches / 45.5 x 31.5 cm

EGON SCHIELE Self-Portrait in Green Shirt with Closed Eyes, 1914

EGON SCHIELE
Self-Portrait in Green Shirt with Closed Eyes, 1914
Gouache and pencil on paper
19.13 x 12.5 inches / 48.6 x 31.8 cm

CY TWOMBLY Untitled, 1964

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1964
Graphite, coloured pencil, wax crayon and ballpoint pen on paper
27.33 x 39.25 inches / 69.4 x 99.7 cm

CY TWOMBLY

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1969
Watercolor, wax crayon, felt-tip pen and colored pencil on paper
23 x 30.75 inches / 58.4 x 78.1 cm

CY TWOMBLY Untitled, 1967

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1967
Pencil on cardboard
26.7 x 34.1 inches / 67.8 x 86.6 cm

CY TWOMBLY Untitled, 1971

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1971
Oil-base housepaint, graphite and colored wax crayon on paper
33.5 x 27.5 inches / 85.1 x 69.9 cm

CY TWOMBLY Untitled, 1976

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1976
Graphite, oil, pastel and paper on two sheets of card
55.2 x 39.3 inches / 140.2 x 99.8 cm

CY TWOMBLY Untitled, 1972

CY TWOMBLY
Untitled, 1972
Graphite and crayon on paper
61 x 78 inches / 154.9 x 198.1 cm

CY TWOMBLY Seguso, 1976

CY TWOMBLY
Seguso, 1976
Watercolor, crayon and pencil on paper
38.3 x 50 inches / 97.3 x 127 cm

Press Release

Nahmad Contemporary is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition, Poetics of the Gesture: Schiele, Twombly, Basquiat, the first ever to examine the similarities between three of the most influential twentieth century artists of their respective generations—Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele, American postwar artist Cy Twombly, and American neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Featuring nearly 40 works on paper, the exhibition will show how each artist’s masterful, dynamic use of the line was a central component of his artistic practice. Basquiat will be represented by more than 20 master works—many of which have rarely been exhibited publicly—drawing out a dialogue between his works and those of his predecessors. Poetics of the Gesture: Schiele, Twombly, Basquiat will be on view May 2 through June 14, 2014.

The exhibition will be presented as a constellation of pivotal moments in the history of art, whereby each artist and his respective works will illuminate each other. From Schiele's visceral and graphic portraits, to the harmony of chaos and poesis in Twombly’s work, to the kinetic and chromatic energy of Basquiat’s figures, a range of visual language and texture will be displayed in order to reexamine the nature of mark-making. In this convergence, a shared exploration of transcendence, the human condition and the logic of drawing and painting will emerge.

Schiele, Basquiat and Twombly shared a radically intense artistic expression. The figures in Schiele and Basquiat's works are delineated by highly evocative lines that simultaneously reveal sitters’ physical and psychological states of being. Isolated within stark backgrounds, the centrality of the body and its physiognomic elements exemplify the complexity of representing figures and the artists’ shared interests in anatomy and the body in various modes of being.

Twombly evokes a similar carnality to Schiele and Basquiat in his abstract compositions. His drawings, scattered with scrawlings, erasures, and organic shapes, blur the boundaries between writing, drawing and painting, producing highly sensorial works. Regardless of their literary or symbolic references, Twombly’s work shares with Schiele and Basquiat’s a focus on materiality and the experiential.

In this focus, Schiele, Twombly and Basquiat created a new visual vocabulary. From the trace of the body, to the trace of the letter or shape, their work was immensely personal, and expressed through a multiplicity of fervent lines wherein the touch, movement and rhythm of the artist’s hand are still highly intelligible and influential today.

The exhibition will be curated by Dr. Dieter Buchhart, who has organized major exhibitions on artists such as Edvard Munch, Otto Dix, George Braque, Jean- Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring at institutions including the Foundation Beyeler, Munch Museet Oslo, Museum of Modern Art Copenhagen and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.