The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Piece by Piece Look at the Work of a Master
Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of the most famous artists of the past 30 years. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world, and his paintings have sold for millions of dollars. He was born in Brooklyn, New York to an African-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, and died at age 27 of a heroin overdose.
Description: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Piece by Piece Look at the Work of a Master
Artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 22, 1960 and died from a heroin overdose on August 12, 1988. He was a neo-expressionist painter with an international following, who emerged from the downtown New York City art scene in the late 1970s.
This book features full color reproductions of many important paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat. In addition to being able to study many pieces of artwork by this artist side-by-side, you will also find detailed descriptions about each piece as well as biographical information about Jean Michel Basquiat himself.
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Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn in 1964 to a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother. Raised by a single mother, Basquiat became involved in street art as a teenager. By the 1980s, he was one of the most acclaimed artists and celebrities of his time, best known for his graffiti-style paintings that often addressed political and historical themes relating to race, class and society.
Toward the end of his short life, Basquiat’s work veered sharply from his earlier, politically charged pieces to more abstract and colorful works. The change signaled a shift in the artist’s vision toward “a preoccupation with primitivism,” writes Whitney Museum curator John Miller, “a subject that would become paramount in his work.”
Basquiat died of an overdose of heroin in 1988 at age 27. Although he sold only a few paintings during his lifetime, he has become one of the best-known American artists of the late 20th century. This piece explores Basquiat’s life and career through archival photos of the artist, reproductions of some of his most famous paintings, pictures from Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child — which took home the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 83
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings are now among the most sought after and valued in the world. When his works are sold, they fetch millions of dollars. They have become so expensive and so desired that even those who cannot afford to buy them dream of having them hanging in their homes.
The art of Jean-Michel Basquiat is very expressive. It is very contemporary and it is very intense. His pieces show the angst of society as he experienced it. His works are figurative, but at the same time, they are abstract because he uses a lot of words to convey his message.
Paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat give us a deeper insight on how he saw the world through his own eyes and soul. His paintings are like mirrors; they tell us who we are or sometimes where we want to be.**”
Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 22nd, 1960. Jean-Michel Basquiat is a contemporary painter who came to prominence as part of the Neo-Expressionist movement in New York City. He was also a musician and a poet before he became an artist.
Jean-Michel was born to a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother. The grandparents on both sides were also from Haiti and Puerto Rico. Jean’s parents were not married and his father abandoned him. His mother left him with his maternal grandmother when he was just one year old and returned to Puerto Rico.
Towards the end of the 1960s, Jean-Michel moved with his grandmother to New York City where he spent most of his childhood. He studied at the prestigious Dalton School where he met several friends that would later become part of the Neo-Expressionist artists group. In 1978 Jean-Michel Basquiat dropped out of high school and started working as a messenger for various art galleries in Manhattan.
In 1983 Jean-Michel Basquiat had his first exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery which sold out immediately. His early works dealt with social criticism and racism by portraying cartoon characters, dollar bills and
Jean-Michel Basquiat was a neo-expressionist artist who, in his brief career (he died at age 27) turned the art world upside down. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1960 to a Puerto Rican father and Haitian mother. His father died when he was only 12 years of age. After dropping out of school at 15, he became a graffiti artist using the tag SAMO© (same). He sold his first painting at 18, and by 1982 he had given up graffiti and started working in oil stick on canvas.
Basquiat’s work was controversial and widely attacked by critics who called it graffiti or “tags” which Basquiat freely admitted were an influence on his work. In 1984 he was part of a group show at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York City, along with Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Francesco Clemente and Enzo Cucchi. It was here that Schnabel dubbed him “SAMO© Basquiat” for the similarity between Basquiat’s style and that of the early graffiti artists.
Titled ‘The Radiant Child’, this exhibition marked Basquiat’s first one man show. The exhibition consisted of paintings created since 1980 up until the date of the