Rare Interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat: December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally. The Whitney […]

Notes on Five Key Jean-Michel Basquiat Works

Untitled (Head), 1981 His paintings proclaimed the existence of a more basic truth locked within a given event or thought. The Defining Years: Notes on Five Key Works By Fred Hoffman The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic Just because the body is rotten— That is all fantasy. What is found now […]

Jean-Michel Basquiat and “The Art of (Dis)Empowerment” (2000)

He was also known to be reluctant to involve himself in black politics, often finding himself estranged from “up town” black artist communities. By Louis Armand,  from a lecture at the Comparative Studies Colloquium, August 30, 2000, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. When Jean-Michel Basquiat died in 1988 at the age of twenty-seven he had only been […]

ASX.TV: Jean-Michel Basquiat – “Graffiti and Glory” (2012)

Brooklyn-born Jean-Michel Basquiat (d. 1988) began spray-painting graffiti art on New York City buildings at the age of 16. Within two years, the Village Voice had published an article about his street art and he had made the acquaintance of Andy Warhol and begun showing at the Annina Nosei Gallery in SoHo. While living in […]