Science Sparks Art

A collection of beautiful discovery.

The Gagosian Gallery’s Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective (up through April 7) is enormous, beautiful, and devastating.

In his 27 years, Jean-Michel rose to epic fame by painting many lifelong obsessions, including anatomy. 

Most of the paintings at the Gagosian reveal this interest: Very few works appear without the bones of a person laid bare. Organs are sketched quickly. Body parts are given names. And while none of these paintings are medically accurate, they seem to be a map of a heart splayed open, for all the world to see.

The gallery doesn’t allow photos—the bottom 4 pics are swiped from Instagram.

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