Some of Basquiat’s earliest works are making a return to Brooklyn this week, thanks to the efforts of the non-profit group Brooklyn Renaissance Group (BRG) and the Bishop Gallery.

A two-day series of charity events and fundraisers for BRG and its upcoming permanent art installation, The Great Wall of Brooklyn, the celebration of Brooklyn’s most celebrated visual artist is also part of the Bishop Gallery’s vision for making art accessible to the masses.

Basquiat Great Wall Brooklyn

While Jean-Michel Basquiat is synonymous with the area, there have been few significant public exhibitions of his work in the last two decades in any of the borough’s galleries or museums. Neptune’s Place: Early Works of Jean-Michel Basquiat, first shown by gallery owners Erwin John and Stevenson Dunn Jr in Miami last year, is a collection that has rarely been seen before – and fittingly makes a return to the public now. The gallery’s collaboration with BRG ensures that the portfolio of work will be part of New York City’s largest public art monument, The Great Wall of Brooklyn (pictured), and guarantees its accessibility.

Basquiat Great Wall Brooklyn

Bringing Basquiat Back to Brooklyn will kick off on Friday with ‘Art All Night’. The evening’s ticketed events include a charity casino and auction, as well as an Art Soiree; expect live music and art performances, a private viewing of Neptune’s Place, and a discussion with Al Diaz – aka, SAMO©, Basquiat’s friend and collaborator. Free events continue throughout Saturday, with a free public viewing of the exhibition, the Kiva Cultural Marketplace, and the launch of a film and TV viewing party series at The Great Wall of Brooklyn.

Bringing Basquiat Back to Brooklyn is on at the Bishop Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC from September 8-9. Find event tickets here and more information about The Great Wall of Brooklyn here.

Images provided by The Bishop Gallery and the Brooklyn Renaissance Group.