Short film about Jean-Michel Basquiat and visual sampling

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I found an interesting short film about Jean-Michel Basquiat that was produced as a promotional piece for the record-breaking auction sale that took place last night. The film was made by Tamra Davis, who reflects on her friendship with Basquiat, and it includes parts of several interviews made by her over the years in which […]

Hey, there’s cows being herded in that Basquiat painting!

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I saw this painting titled “LNAPRK,” 1982, by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Whitney Museum’s exhibition “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s,” hanging on top of a reproduction of a Keith Haring mural. When I looked closer, I saw something I hadn’t noticed before: a collage element featuring a photograph of a cowboy on his horse, […]

Were the kids looking at Basquiat for their chalk drawings?

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I walked by this chalk drawing mural on a brick wall at a school in Boulder, Colorado, and the first thought I had was: were these kids looking at Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work as inspiration for their figure drawings? Scroll down to see some original Basquiats to better understand the visual association I was making … […]

Art from the 1980s at the Whitney

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I’m looking forward to seeing a new exhibition that just opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art: “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s.” It features a number of my favorite artists from that period, including Julian Schnabel (below left, “Hope,” 1982), Jean-Michel Basquiat (below right, “LNAPRK,” 1982), as well as David Salle, Ross Bleckner, […]