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the BASQUIAT super thread

Discussion in 'Art & Design' started by High Priest, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 1, 2002 Messages: 4,928 Likes Received: 3
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    "Jean-Michel Basquiat was a major part of the art scene in the eighties. He originally was noticed for his involvement in the graffiti movement of the late seventies where he, along with companion Al Diaz, went by the tag SAMO. The idea of SAMO was almost like a pseudo-religion, an alternative to the mainstream. Examples of quotes they would write include "PLUSH SAFE HE THINK" and "SAMO AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO MINDWASH."

    Basquiat was included in his first group show in 1980. In 1981, Rene Ricard published the first major article on Jean-Michel in Artforum Magazine titled "The Radiant Child." This acted as a catalyst to his career. This same artist that was spray-painting quotes throughout New York was now considered a serious fine artist.

    About a year or so after the article, he was included in the Whitney Biennial exhbition and began working with Warhol. Basquiat was doing these wonderful large canvases while working in the space provided by his first dealer, Anina Nosei. He would later change dealers many times, and always felt they were using him. It was almost as if he obsessed over this idea, and tried to use the dealers as much as he felt he was being used. Basquiat wanted to be thought of as a fine artist rather than anything to do with "graffiti." He admired artists like Cy Twombly, Franz Kline, and Jean Dubuffet. Some people have a hard time with his work. They find it too primitive or childish.

    Tragically, Jean-Michel died in 1988 from a drug overdose. His health had been declining for some time as he became more and more involved with heroine. He left behind a wealth of paintings and drawings. For more info I suggest "A Quick Killing in Art," by Phoebe Hoban. There's also a film titled "Basquiat" that was a project by his friend and fellow artist Julian Schnabel. It has wonderful performances by Jeffrey Wright as Jean-Michel and David Bowie as Warhol."


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  2. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

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  3. toothdk

    toothdk New Jack

    Joined: Jun 6, 2004 Messages: 89 Likes Received: 0
    tis dope. layed the groundwerk for the art fag steez. if you like neckface then you should dig basquiat. he got warhol to start doin shit again so.. bump
     
  4. Chance Em Redy

    Chance Em Redy Junior Member

    Joined: Oct 10, 2004 Messages: 221 Likes Received: 0
    The movie on Basquiat was good. If you havent seen it yet, you should go check it out. Worhol still alive? I heard he was dead.
     
  5. IzacFour

    IzacFour New Jack

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    Groundbreaking and ugly.
     
  6. casekonly

    casekonly Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2002 Messages: 8,264 Likes Received: 5
    some of his work is ok, but for the most part i don't like it. i guess it's all in what you feel....
     
  7. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    definitely a case of in the right place at the right time.

    Kinda cool that he wasn't trained and was getting paid, but he pretty much knew that he was being used. He was a pet of sorts. As the saying goes...only thing better than a hot young artist is a dead one.
     
  8. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    nothing i respect more than someone who gets their start as a writer, then turns their back on the graff world.

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    no sir, i do not like it.
     
  9. imported_dowmagik

    imported_dowmagik Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 19, 2001 Messages: 1,904 Likes Received: 1
    seeks, you good for nothing hotlinker, how dare you.
     
  10. test pattern

    test pattern Elite Member

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  11. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    that is totally homo. 'i've had my computer for a week'. blow it out your ass, butt-munch. i've had my computer since 1991 and i still think hotlinking is the fucking most awesome shit there is.
    you fucking douchebag. die.


    seeks/that would have been more effective if i said it to him, instead of you guys.
     
  12. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    he never considered himself a graffiti writer though...did he?

    on the flip side...I never thought the graffiti community really claimed him either.
     
  13. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 1, 2002 Messages: 4,928 Likes Received: 3
    I'll stick with my feeling's of his painting's being crap - formal training or not - as some one said earlier - ground breakingly ugly.
     
  14. DREDZ

    DREDZ Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 14, 2002 Messages: 1,934 Likes Received: 0
    basquiat is dope...some of his shit is crude as hell, but i dig his shit....i love the fragmented text thing that he did...
     
  15. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    i can understand why people would be into dude, but i hope that those people can understand why others would think he was bullshit.
     
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