The Jean – Michel Basquiat: Now is the Time – Art Gallery of Ontario exhibit runs Feb 7 th- May 10th 2015 with great programming and extended hours on Friday nights.

To celebrate the first-ever Canadian retrospective (and the only North American stop) of Basquiat’s work, the AGO is offering a diverse array of programming and events:

  • Timed-entry ticket are now on sale at $16.50 for youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors and $25.00 for adults. Available at free for AGO members and children five and under.)
  • Pop-up Talks on Wednesday evenings.
  • Basquiat for Families: Family Sundays, Family Day programming and March Break programming.
  • Basquiat Symposium: March 28, 2015 for information and tickets visit
  • Film Screening – Downtown 81. April 8. Edo Bertoglio directed snapshot of post-punk Manhattan in the early 80’s, starring Jean-Michel Basquiat. For tickets go to
  • Massive Party – Toronto’s hottest art night out and annual AGO Fundraiser returns April 23. This year’s event will bring together the city’s foremost underground artists and musicians for unforgettable performances and installations under the theme Hotbed under the artistic direction of TALWST who’ll recreate his acclaimed performance piece lanmò. Tickets are on sale at
  • Youth Arts Competition: The Scratch & Mix Project, which invites GTA youth aged 14 to 30 to submit original artwork on the theme of empowering the black community via exporations of social justice-including racism, materialism and exploitation. Up to 10 finalists will be awarded $1,000, see their work featured in an AGO exhibition in April. ly/ScratchMix.
  • Untitled - Jean-Michel Basquiat
    Untitled – Jean-Michel Basquiat

    Official site: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child film – watch trailer


    “It is most definitely, always, a tragedy when someone dies young, and by young, we mean 27 or 40.  It is always a tragedy to lose an artist of any age who has much to say and has barely been heard yet, even as the outward markers of success suggest a phenomenon. It is a terrible loss, forever in the bones and nerves and heart and the brain we understand so little about, to lose someone we love. Someone we barely knew. Someone who changed the shape of the world, the space-time continuum, whether our mother, our friend, or Jean-Michel Basquiat.” READ HERE


    “Basquiat calls her out: copyright, cartoon, junk food, while elsewhere, 2015, super-human, clean-living Madonna goes on and on in the world collecting titles of the ultra –rich and less culturally relevant ex-artists and never was-es: “philanthropist” “record producer” the always entertaining “Business Woman” and the truly frightening “Mogul”. READ HERE


    “You may be amazed, “fascinated”, even, that these works with their decidedly large swatches of blacked over areas and startling darkness will make you laugh with understanding, with recognition, and the joy this feeling creates, something only possible here and now before him.  It’s not about death any more than any honest art is about death. It’s not gloomy. It could even be the most alive thing you’ve ever seen. Absolutely death-defying.” READ HERE


    Basquiat gallery HERE