We are looking forward to the Bruce Contemporaries’ Basquiat Tour at the Brant Foundation on April 2!

Installation view of “Jean-Michel Basquiat,” the inaugural exhibition of the Brant Foundation’s New York space in the East Village. A salon-style wall on the second floor includes a grid of 16 paintings from 1982.CreditCreditThe Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York; via The Brant Foundation; Charlie Rubin for The New York Times

Installation view of “Jean-Michel Basquiat,” the inaugural exhibition of the Brant Foundation’s New York space in the East Village. A salon-style wall on the second floor includes a grid of 16 paintings from 1982.CreditCreditThe Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York; via The Brant Foundation; Charlie Rubin for The New York Times

‘Jean-Michel Basquiat’ at the Brant Shows His Bifurcated Life, - New York Times

by Martha Schwendener

  • March 5, 2019

A few years ago, a plaza in Paris was named after the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Brooklyn-born painter who became a global sensation in the early 1980s and died at 27 of a heroin overdose. No similar honor has been bestowed upon Basquiat by the City of New York. However, the opening of the Brant Foundation Art Study Center in the East Village, with an exhibition of nearly 70 works by Basquiat created from 1980 to 1987, serves as a fitting temporary shrine. The Brant in Manhattan is also part of a wave of private museums opening across the country, including the Hill Art Foundation in Chelsea; the expansion of Glenstone in Maryland; and the Marciano and Broadcollections in Los Angeles.

But first, Basquiat. The story of this painter of Haitian and Puerto-Rican descent is one of the most documented in contemporary art history. Basquiat moved to Manhattan — partly to escape his strict accountant father — couch-surfed, lived off girlfriends and formed a post-punk band called Gray after “Gray’s Anatomy.” He sprayed poetic, enigmatic graffiti on walls in downtown Manhattan before moving to canvas and starred in an independent film, “Downtown 81.” He dated Madonna before she was famous and made paintings with his hero-turned-friend, Andy Warhol.

NetJets Visit - Behind the Scenes

On Saturday, March 2nd, Bruce Contemporaries members were invited to join the Robert Bruce Circle for a private event at Westchester County Airport. Held in collaboration with Bruce Museum’s Corporate Leadership Council member NetJets, guests enjoyed a lively discussion on flight safety and a viewing of some of the newest aircrafts in NetJets’ fleet including the Citation Latitude and the Challenger 350. NetJets


Philanthropy Runs in the Family

By Michele Graham, Fairfield County Look

Cricket Lockhart and Graci Djuranovic are a dynamic mother-daughter philanthropic duo. As Graci says, “My family members’ commitment to service and the community has been a consistent theme in my life.”

For Graci, this model for community involvement began when, in 7th grade, she had just moved to Greenwich and enrolled in Greenwich Academy. “My six years at Greenwich Academy empowered me in so many ways — and my education helped give me the tools to advocate for causes that I am passionate about and showed me the importance of women helping each other.”

Graci, who used to manage UBS’s art sponsorships in the U.S. and worked with museums, art fairs, and orchestras across the country, recalls, “When my husband [Marko] and I moved to Greenwich, it felt natural to volunteer with the Bruce Museum. I initially got involved in a number of different ways – chairing and volunteering with fundraisers, helping with the Development Committee and most recently, I helped to found Bruce Contemporaries.”

Cricket and Grace pose with African and New Guinea art collected by Grace’s Lockhart grandparents.  Photos By ChiChi Ubiña

Cricket and Grace pose with African and New Guinea art collected by Grace’s Lockhart grandparents. Photos By ChiChi Ubiña

The idea for Bruce Contemporaries started to grow after having chaired the Night at the Museum family fundraiser for two years and seeing all of the enthusiasm around that event. I saw an opportunity to engage this group and, luckily, I have a wonderful group of friends who also have had careers related to the art world and a passion for art, so we worked with the Bruce Museum to make this idea a reality.”

Gallery Night

The Bruce Contemporaries enjoyed a night out at the Charles Patrick Studio. What a spectacular space and a great way to learn about the artists process!

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Charles Patrick Studio

Stamford, Connecticut