Jean-Michel Basquiat was in love with a biology student, Alexis Adler.
Thirty years later, she is releasing countless never-before-seen works that Basquiat created inside in her East Village apartment, which she bought and essentially left sealed, until now. Adler has now begun to assemble a team of advisors to help sort through the material in preparation for a book on the collection and, in all likelihood, an exhibition and sale.
Fascinatingly, Adler is an embryologist at NYU and was a large influence on Basquiat: Basquiat was fascinated by her textbooks and copied much of the imagery inside. One person cataloging the collection credits the use of scientific formulas and chemical names in Basquiat’s work to his time with Adler.
The words THIAMINE MONONITRATE and NIACIN are painted repeatedly in the above work.