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Jean Michel-Basquiat, otherwise known as Basquiat became a respected artist during the 1970s and 80s. Born and raised in Brooklyn to a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother there are colorful illustrations and graffiti like concepts to most of his pieces. By the 1980s his work was being recognized by museums and art galleries.
Before his mother fell ill, she supported his artistic mind, after his parents split he lived with his father, and dropped out of public high school to go to a artistic school. His father made him leave home for his decision. Basquiat sold t shirts and home made post cards for support.
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Fallen Angel by Jean Michel-Basquiat
Basquiat and a friend started to graffiti buildings around lower Manhattan with the tag name SAMO (meaning Same Old Shit) their depictions were about real world issues while still applying to a younger generation. Basquiat was also apart of a music group called Gray.
He was friends with Andy Warhol and the two collaborated on a collection, Olympic Rings.
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Olympic Rings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol
Following Warhol’s death,Basquiat’s heroin addiction took over, he died at the young age of 27 from an overdose.
His most notable technique is merging text and image into one. He did a number of pieces on integration vs. segregation, rich vs. poverty, he was very socially and politically influential with his art.
At the time graffiti was seen as street or not real art, what were people saying with their symbols? Basquiat gave street artists a voice, and put to rest any argument about “real art” vs. street art. Being fluent in 3 languages, its safe to say Basquiat’s fourth language was art. What he composed many understood, and he is still regarded as a trendsetter today.
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Crown/ Unsaved Notebooks by Jean Michel-Basquiat
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Mona Lisa by Jean Michel-Basquait,1983