Basquiat and Friends Exhibition Legacies of the 27 Club


Billy Joel once said that only the good die young, and ignoring the subtext of the lyrics and the controversy the song kicked up, the phrase is something of a truism – especially in the world of music, where the ‘27 Club’ is an unfortunate reminder of genius gone too soon.

Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and more recently, Amy Winehouse, are all part of the ’27 Club,’ a group of undeniably gifted yet tortured musical talents who were lost at the top of their game. Also part of the ’27 Club’ is Jean-Michel Basquiat. Founder of the band Gray, Basquiat is better known for the often socially and politically charged artwork which sees his legacy endure nearly 30 years after his death.

Basquiat is the subject of an insightful photographic exhibition in Hong Kong, on display until January 17, 2015 at the Sin Sin Fine Art Gallery in Central. Titled Basquiat and Friends, the exhibition is a showcase of poignant black and white images by Austrian-born photographer Roland Hagenberg that capture the man behind the art, and the people that surrounded him. In the collection are images of Basquiat, his work and studio, and his inner circle of artist friends, including Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, and Keith Haring. The experience continues in a special book available at the gallery. The eponymous book, Basquiat, is a collection of photos not shown in the exhibition, accompanied by poetic musings and anecdotes by Hagenberg.

What’s your legacy going to be?

Sin Sin Fine Art Gallery
52-54 Sai Street, Central
Tel: 2858 5072


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