In the summer of 1984, MoMA PS1 founder and director Alanna Heiss invited Jeffrey Deitch to curate a giant portrait salon on the entire second floor of the PS1 gallery space. The New Portrait exhibition included over 100 artists, such as Chuck Close, Eric Fischl, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, and Kiki Smith, with such sections as the Pictures Generation, East Village Expressionism, Graffiti, No Wave, Rock Photography, and Conceptual Performance. The poster’s image of Jean-Michel Basquiat was from a series of Andy Warhol’s portraits of young artists, shown across the central wall of the exhibition. Without a budget to print a catalogue the show’s only printed documentation was, and remains, this poster.
Andy Warhol, b. 1928 - d. 1987, was an American artist and leading figure in the pop art movement.
Jeffrey Deitch, b. 1952, is an American art dealer and curator.
35.5 × 22.5 inches framed