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Photograph of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Photograph © Lee Jaffe 1983

Presented by the Estate
of Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Presented by the Estate
of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s contributions to the history of art and his explorations of multifaceted cultural phenomena––including music, the Black experience, pop culture, Black American sports figures, literature, and other sources––will be showcased through immersive environments providing unique insight into the late artist’s creative life and his singular voice that propelled a social and cultural narrative that continues to this day.

Organized, curated and Executive Produced by The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat as adminstrated by his sisters Jean-Michel's sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, this exhibition of over 200 never-before-seen and rarely shown paintings, drawings, multimedia presentations, ephemera, and artifacts tell the story of Jean-Michel from an intimate perspective, intertwining his artistic endeavors with his personal life, influences, and the times in which he lived.

Please note that visitors to the exhibition may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. By attending, you grant the exhibition permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which you appear for archival, documentary, publicity, advertising, or other purposes.

Plan your visit


Tickets sell out fast! We suggest purchasing tickets well in advance of your visit.

The Grand LASelf-Parking Validation Available

– Weekdays $32 / Weekends $35
Children (ages 3-13) –  All Days $15
Children under the age of 3 do not require a ticket.
Seniors, Students, Military – All Days $28

VIP – $65  Anytime entry, 3 hours of free parking, and a complimentary gift.

Weekday Special: (Adults $28)
Mondays: 12:20 - 1:40 pm
Wed-Fridays: 12:00 - 1:40 pm

Ticket cost does not include tax and service fees.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jailbirds, 1983.
© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat
venue information

The Grand LA is a visionary public-private partnership with the Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority to revitalize downtown LA's cultural and civic core with a mix of commercial, retail, cultural and residential apartments stitched together with grand public spaces and world-class architecture. The Grand LA was designed to be a dynamic city center, including over 176,000 square feet of retail space anchored by chef-driven restaurants and a collection of shops, a hotel and luxury residences.

Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, The Grand LA complements the adjacent Disney Concert Hall and connects with the nearby arts and cultural institutions through Gehry’s distinct design. Gehry’s vision for The Grand LA was to create a centerpiece for Grand Avenue that promotes community gatherings and cultural performances in an open space, in addition to providing shopping, dining and residential experiences. Nearby arts and culture venues include the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Colburn School of Music, The Broad Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, forming a dynamic mixed-use district fitting for the cultural center of Los Angeles.

Validated Parking Available

Parking is available at The Grand in the lower-level parking garage. Self-parking with validation is Free for VIP ticket holders and available for $4.50 for three hours for timed tickets. After the three-hour self-validation, rates increase to $5.00 each hour to a max of $42.00.

The entrance to Self Parking is located between W. 2nd Street and W. 1st Street on S. Olive Street in Los Angeles, CA 90012. Alternatively, the following GPS Coordinates on Google Maps will provide directions: 34.054637, -118.248174


Join us for a live DJ and drinks every Friday in June
5:00-9:00pm | Included in the price of admission
Discount code: NOYZNTHEHOOD

Must be 21+ to consume alcohol.

how hip hop
became a
in american
visual art
and culture

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with Lisane Basquiat, co-executor of The Estate of Jean-Michel, legendary artist and Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, Keith Haring Foundation Executive Director Gil Vazquez, and producer, curator, and President of Channel Zero Productions Lorrie Boula.

Join us for a discussion about hip-hop’s global impact, including its influence on visual art and culture of 1980s New York and beyond. Tickets: $25

Co-presented by The Broad in conjunction with the special exhibition Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody, Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World, and Universal Music Enterprise (UMe).

Special thanks to Leading Partner EastWest Bank and generous support from Urban Legends

Book Signing With Lisane Basquiat

Join us this Thursday, July 13th for a King Pleasure© Pop-up at Maxfield LA, one of the locations featured on Jean-Michel’s LA Map in gallery one of the exhibition. During his time in LA (1982 – 1984) Jean-Michel shopped at Maxfield for high-end fashion. On one occasion, he purchased a raw silk Versace suit which he wore out of the store with cuffs pinned.

Copies of the catalog and more King Pleasure© LA limited edition items will be available for purchase on-site. RSVPs are now closed as this event is at capacity.

and the New
York Art Scene

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a vital part of the New York Art scene in the late 1970s and 1980s. He first met Kenny Scharf in 1979 at the School of Visual Arts. Subsequently they were exhibited in the same group shows and their paths crossed innumerable times in the downtown clubs and the East Village art scene.

Both Scharf and Jean-Michel produced commissions for the Palladium nightclub. Jeffrey Deitch, art dealer and curator first encountered Jean-Michel's work in 1978 and in 1980 wrote the first mention of Jean-Michel's work in the press. Since then, he has remained deeply supportive of his work.


After gaining over 1.5B+ streams and having his previous album, Mr. Money With The Vibe, set the record for becoming the highest-charting Nigerian debut album of all-time, global superstar Asake is back with his second album, Work Of Art. Asake was previously mentioned in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, Pitchfork, The FACE, & more atop of their ‘Best of 2022’ lists, with Rolling Stone noting he has “become one of Nigeria’s biggest breakout stars in recent years”.

To celebrate, EMPIRE is hosting an album release party in partnership with Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©. Asake's Work of Art Paint & Sip Party will invite fans to create their own "Work of Art" with an exclusive guided painting session drawn from inspiration of the artwork seen within the King Pleasure exhibition in Los Angeles and the Asake single titled "Basquiat".

Tickets include access to view nearly 200 rarely seen paintings, drawings, ephemera and artifacts from the Jean-Michel Basquiat curated from the family estate, guided paint & sip*, music from the Work of Art album, and curated cocktails.

Three guided Paint & Sip seated sessions, limited to the first 120 guests who register for each session upon arrival. Last entry is 8:00 pm. Gallery doors close promptly at 8:30pm. 21+



Join Us For A Special Appearance And Book Signing With Jeanine Heriveaux & Lisane Basquiat

Meet the authors, curators, and executive producers of Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure® and co-administrators of the Estate and get your personal copy of the book signed. Featuring Music By DJ Monalisa.

Wednesday, September 6th

– 5:00 - 7:00 PM
– King Pleasure® Emporium
– 100 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please note: RSVPs for this book signing do not include access to the exhibition.


Presented by Citi and The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Celebrate Jean-Michel Basquiat and Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary with an exhibition viewing and panel discussion hosted by Jeanine Heriveaux and Lisane Basquiat, moderated by MSNBC's Ari Melber. Panelists include Rapsody, Yo-Yo and Doug E. Fresh. Guests are also invited to join us for an exclusive after party featuring Just Blaze.

Music was always a strong influence on Jean-Michel’s paintings – jazz, bebop and hip hop – musical genres that resonated with him and the subject of many of his works. Stylistically, his works often deconstruct and reassemble subjects, similar to the cadence of hip hop. And in his use of language - challenging preconceived ideology - is something that hip hop and Jean-Michel shared.

In 1983 Jean-Michel produced and arranged “Beat-Bop” with K Rob and Rammellzee. Jean-Michel also designed the album cover. It was featured in the movie Wild Style and was ranked by Rolling Stone among the 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of all time.

Thursday, September 7th


5:30PM: King Pleasure© Exhibition Viewing
– The Grand, 100 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

7:30PM: Panel Discussion
– Zipper Concert Hall at Colburn School, 200 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

Hosted by Jeanine Heriveaux and Lisane Basquiat
Moderated by MSNBC's Ari Melber
Special Guests Rapsody, Yo-Yo and Doug E. Fresh
Photographs by Johnny Nuñez

9:00PM: After Party Featuring Just Blaze
– The Grand Courtyard, 100 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

The Writing's
on the Wall

This immersive experience blends performance, conversation, and exploration while delving into the profound impact of language and poetry.

Discover the driving forces behind aja's literary prowess and activism, while decoding the hidden narratives within Jean-Michel's artwork.

Monday, September 11th

6:00 PM   King Pleasure® Exhibition Viewing

7:00 PM   Live Performance by aja monet

8:30 PM   Artist Talk, Moderated by Mashonda Tifrere, Featuring aja monet, Jeanine Heriveaux and Lisane Basquiat


The Writing's
on the Wall

The Writing's On The Wall event originally scheduled for September 11th, has been cancelled. You may request a refund by sending an email to

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.

and his la

Between 1982 and 1984, Jean-Michel enjoyed frequent trips to Los Angeles, staying for months at a time. He loved working and living in LA, made many friends, and appreciated the respite from New York and opportunity to focus on his art. During those years, he worked and lived with Larry Gagosian for a time and had two solo exhibitions at Gagosian gallery. He subsequently maintained a studio space in Venice that Fred Hoffman found for him, and created a suite of prints with Hoffman.

Tamra Davis was a film student at Los Angeles City College and a gallery assistant who filmed interviews with Jean-Michel during this time that became her acclaimed documentary The Radiant Child. She also drove him around LA since he never learned to drive.



Jean-Michel Basquiat lived in the spirit of generosity. Understanding that artists need support in order to flourish, he created and fostered a sense of community by actively investing in the work of fellow artists and encouraging them to pursue their ambitions. Elevating other artists was important to him, and integral to how he showed up in the world.

Join curator A.J. Girard, alongside Jean-Michel’s sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux  (co-administrators of the Jean-Michel Basquiat Estate), as they host an intimate talk with an impressive array of multidisciplinary artists. Laci Jordan, Alfonso Gonzalez Jr., Murjoni Merriweather and Deun Ivory will discuss their work and personal journey making art in today’s world.

Tickets include full access to the immersive King Pleasure© exhibition, artist talk in the iconic Palladium room, and cocktails for guests 21+ courtesy of iBest Wines and Bisquit & Dubouché cognac. Seating is limited, click the "Get Tickets" link to reserve your spot now.


© James Van der Zee Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Photograph by Christopher Makos





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Tickets for this exclusive event are $40 and include access to the King Pleasure exhibition. Doors to the exhibition open at 6:00 pm followed by a live taping of Go Off Sis at 7:30 pm. Click here to buy tickets now.


Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure © exhibition at The Grand LA (100 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012).