If you find yourself at the Carroll Gardens Library at 396 Clinton Street from now to the end of March, make sure to stop in the vestibule to take a look at the display case featuring the mini-intsallation “Down the Street – A Show of collections about/on Jean-Michel Basquiat.”
The installation is presented by Henry and Jay’s Collection Agency. It features collectables and memorabilia of the Brooklyn-born artist that includes exhibition fliers, ticket stubs, postcards and invitations. It also includes “Pezographs”, Pez dispensers autographed by those close to Basquiat like artist Donald Baechler, a contemporary of Basquiat, art dealer Jeffrey Deitch, photographer Michael Halsband, who took the iconic photo of Basquiat in boxlng gloves, writer Glenn O’Brian, as well as two of Basquiat’s sisters Lisane and Jeanine.
Henry and Jay’s Collection Agency was spearheaded by brothers Henry and Jay, with the help of their father Jason McLean, a Canadian artist, who moved his family to Carroll Gardens three years ago. Their Brooklyn Pez Museum is an offshoot of The Felix and Henry’s Canadian Pez Museum. Together, father and sons have collected over 500 autographed Pez dispensers that have been signed by celebrities like Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Tom Petty, Grandmaster Flash, John Waters, Larry David, and many more.
The Basquiat display is an homage to the artist, who lived in Boerum Hill for a brief time in the 1970s, relatively close to the Carroll Gardens Library.
You may want to take a look at the McLeans’ Pezograph collection here.