The Orlando Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit of works created by art world celebrity and pop culture icon Jean-Michel Basquiat entitled, Heroes and Monsters, and it opens this weekend.

Basquiat became a hot commodity in the late 1970s for his graffiti work in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and by the early 1980s his paintings were being shown in galleries around the world. He’s currently regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

Heroes and Monsters features a rare group of 25 paintings from a private collection that are being shown for the first time ever, on loan from Thaddeus Mumford Jr. They were created in 1982 when Basquiat lived in Los Angeles for a short time, which happens to be what most critics view as the best period in his career.

A members-only reception will be hosted on the evening of Thursday, February 10th, followed by a Basquiat’s 1982 Heroes and Monsters Ball on Friday, February 11th. Click HERE for a roundup of Basquiat-themed programming taking place through the summer.

The exhibition will run through June 30, 2023. 

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