Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Artist Spotlight: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Untitled (1960)

A leader in the new wave art movement in 1980’s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat was an electrifying talent. The duality of his experience brought unique perspective to his works. Starting in the graffiti scene as part of the duo known as SAMO in the late 1970s, Basquiat went on to refine his own style of Neo-expressionism. Basquiat was close friends with art scene elites like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. Those relationships were often reflected in work partnerships. Key marks of his works include the crown, music, race and self-identity. With success came battles with substance abuse, ultimately leading to his untimely death in 1987 due to an overdose.

Untitled - Fallen Angel (1981)

Cabeza (1982)

Untitled (1982)

Self-Portrait (1982)

Dos Cabezas (1982)

Obnoxious Liberals (1982)

Horn Players (1983)

Untitled - Julius Caesar on Gold (1981)

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